CSO crime figures show huge increase in Waterford drug dealing
There was a significant increase in drug offences in the Waterford Garda Division in 2019, however there was a decrease in reported crime overall.
The figures were revealed in the Crime Statistics for Waterford published today by the Central Statistics Office.
Drug offences, including possession for personal, possession for sale and supply, as well as controlled drug offences were up by nearly 30% with 204 more cases recorded year on year – 779 incidents over the last 12 months, up from 577.
The largest increase was for possession of drugs for sale or supply which increased to 136 case in 2019, up from 72 in 2018.
Waterford recorded no murders or manslaughters last year, down from five in 2018.
The number of incidents of public order and anti-social behaviour offences, and threats made to person remained pretty much unchanged year on year, both recording minimal increases.
The number of fraud cases in the Waterford Garda Division dropped by around 7% year on year with 158 frauds reported last year as opposed to 167 for the whole of 2018.
Burglaries in Waterford were down significantly with just 365 reported in 2019, down from 411 in 2018.
Sexual offences, including rape and sexual assault fell by around 7% again, 201 incidents reported last year as opposed to 214 for 2018.
Thefts fell marginally over the last year with 1,718 incidents reported, down from 1,775 on the previous 12 months.
The figures were taken from the year starting January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019.