October 20, 2020

Murder threats and drug offences rose sharply in Waterford during lockdown: report

The number of murder threats recorded in the Waterford Garda Division increased eight-fold during the Covid-19 lockdown, new figures reveal.

Ppeople being caught driving while under the influence of drugs, and the possession of drugs for sale and supply have also increased significantly, according to crime statistics for published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today.

They show the number of murder threats in the Waterford Garda Division increased by from just three for the same period in 2019, to 24 for the three months of April, May and June this year.

Waterford Gardai have been busy catching people driving under the influence of drugs also, with 21 people caught between April 1 and June 30 this year. In the same period of 2019, just eight people found to be driving while under the influence of drugs.

There was also a marked increase in those found in possession of drugs for sale and supply drugs, with 54 people being arrested in the district in Q2 2020, up from 31 during the same period in 2019.

Burglaries in the Waterford Garda district have halved year-on-year, with just 44 burglaries recorded across Q2 2020, as opposed to 92 in the same period last year. Reported thefts also fell dramatically, by more than 50%, from 467 offences in 2019, back to just 206 in the last quarter.

There was also a significant reduction in the number of sexual offences reported, with just 22 22 cases recorded in the last quarter, as opposed to 38 for the same period in 2019

The figures were taken from the year starting April 1, 2020 to June 31, 2020.

A spokesperson for the CSO said: “Recorded Crime statistics for Q2 2020 begin to show the impact on Recorded Crime levels of measures introduced to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

“The number of crimes recorded in the category Burglary and related offences (nationwide) fell by 2,180 (-13.1%) to 14,406 in the year to Q2 2020 compared with the previous year.

“The number of Theft and related offences dropped by 7,655 (-11.3%) while the number of Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences decreased by 235 (-9.8%).

“The number of crime incidents classified as Controlled drug offences increased by 2,714 incidents (+13.5%) in the year to Q2 2020 relative to the previous year, while the number of Weapons and explosives offences also increased, up 305 (+11.7%),” the spokesperson added.



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