Crime on the increase

Crime on the increase

Crime on the increase

By Declan Magee

Crime levels in Donegal have continued to drop, the latest figures have shown.

All major types of crime dropped in the last quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 according to figures released this week from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The figures show that the number of detections for possession of drugs have dropped from 81 in the last quarter of

2009 to 48 for the same period in 2010. Possession of drugs for sale and supply dropped from 17 in the last quarter

of 2009 to 11 a year later although the number of detections for cultivation of drugs increased from three to five.

Controlled drugs offences in general decreased from 103 to 68 over the 12 month period although the number did increase from 52 in the third quarter of 2010.

There has also been a significant drop in the number of public order offences recorded in the county from 590 in the last quarter of 2009 to 508 in the same period last year. Public order offences had fallen to 558 in the third quarter of 2010.

Theft and related offences have also decreased in the last 12 months dropping from 322 in the final quarter of 2009

to 289 in the same period last year. Burglary fell from 125 offences to 101 over the 12 months from the end of 2009. Sexual offences increased from 11 to 16 over the 12 months, but had dropped from 42 in the third quarter of 2010. The CSO had attributed the high figure in the third quarter of 2010 to the re-opening of such cases by garda.