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Saturday 25 October 2014

Thefts on the rise with 20 incidents a week

Paul Deering

Published 01/10/2013 | 05:40

A total of 66 burglary and related offences were committed in Sligo and Leitrim over the period of May-July this year.

There's almost 20 thefts a week in Sligo/Leitrim. It's by far the most significant type of crime committed in the Garda Division.

There's almost 20 thefts a week in Sligo/Leitrim. It's by far the most significant type of crime committed in the Garda Division.

The latest crime figures show there were a whopping 268 thefts in April, May and June.

Some 81 were from shops, nine from vehicles, three from people and 175 other thefts and handling stolen property offences.

There were 66 burglary and related offences. There was just one robbery of a premises.

The figures were revealed by the Central Statistics Office and are based on the numbers of crimes reported to the Gardai.

The second highest category of offences recorded in Sligo/Leitrim were public order related matters.

There were 187 incidents in the three months and these include being drunk and using threatening behaviour in public.

Criminal damage offences numbered 121 while there was 16 trespass offences.

Assaults was the next highest category with 96 being reported over the three months.

Of these, ten were more serious with significant injuries having been inflicted.

There were 65 drugs offences detected, 13 of which were the more serious charge of possession for sale or supply.

Twenty nine drivers were arrested for being over the drink driving limit.

There were two caught driving while under the influence of drugs.

Gardai dealt with four reported rape and sexual assault cases.

There were 20 fraud, deception and related offences dealt with over the three months.

The statistics show there were reductions in 12 out of 14 categories including:

* weapons and explosives offences (down 13.9%)

* drug offences (down 12.6%)

* attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences (down 10%)

* fraud, deception and related offences (down 10%)

* burglary/aggravated burglary (down 9%)

* sexual offences (down 7.9%).

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