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Crime figures tumble as new coronavirus lockdown measures stop criminals in their tracks

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Commissioner Drew Harris

Commissioner Drew Harris

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

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Commissioner Drew Harris

The coronavirus lockdown has stopped criminals in their tracks, with gardaí recording an unprecedented drop in reported crime across the country.

There have been dramatic reductions in practically every category of offence, including burglary, sexual offences and assaults, in the two weeks since the strict sanctions were rolled out.

But senior sources say they expect the figures will continue to drop as thousands of gardaí are deployed across the country to ensure compliance with the almost total lockdown restrictions announced on Friday.