Crime figures for sub-district a 'mixed bag' in first quarter
THE crime figures for the Wicklow sub-district for the first quarter of 2014 were released at the latest Joint Policing Committee of Wicklow Town Council last Wednesday.
The results proved a mixed bag for the sub-district, which includes Wicklow Town and its environs and incorporates areas such as Brittas Bay and Barndarrig. Burglary offences were up to 27 from 15 in the corresponding timeframe for 2013, while theft from shop also saw a dramatic increase (from 8 to 20). Other forms of theft, however, fell from over the same time period (from 14 to 9). Public order offences increased from 26 in the first three months of 2013 to 33 for the first quarter of this year – although many of these were as a result of a large incident on the eve of St. Patrick's Day – but criminal damage decreased from 32 instances in the same period of 2013 to 22 this year. Serious and minor assaults remained the same at 5 and 11 instances respectively.
There were no recorded instances of drug cultivation in the first three months of the New Year, and possession of drugs for sale or supply also fell (from 3 to 2). However, possession increased from 14 instances in January, February and March of last year to 15 in the same months of 2014.
Drunk driving cases decreased from 10 in the first quarter of last year to 7 this year. There were no fatal or serious road traffic accidents in the district in the first quarter of 2014.