Recorded crime figures for the Sligo/Leitrim district released earlier this week show that there has been significant rise in the number of offences recorded relating to the dangerous or negligent operation of a vehicle.
The figures show that the number of recorded offences under this category rose from 6,351 in 2011 to 9,928 in 2012.
A small increase was also seen in figures for robberies in the district with the number of recorded offences rising from 9 in 2011 to 12 in 2012.
The number of recorded offences for murder/manslaughter, while extremely low, rose from 0 in 2011 to 1 in 2012.
These however, were of the only areas which saw increases recorded in the figures for the region. The vast majority of crimes saw a fall in recorded rates across Sligo/Leitrim.
The biggest drops in recorded crime were seen for road worthiness/registration offences with 1,372 offences in 2011 dropping to just 817 recorded in 2012 and tax/registration offences which fell from 1410 in 2011 to 894 in 2012.
Drops were also seen in driving licence/insurance offences down from 388 in 2011 to 265 in 2012; Criminal Damage which dropped from 561 in 2011 to 533 in 2012 and firearms offences which went from 8 recorded offences in 2011 to just 3 for the following year.
Decreases in recorded offences were also seen for public order offences down 34 between 2011 and 2012; possession of drugs which fell by 45 in the same period; counterfeiting which fell from 20 in 2011 to 11 in 2012 and assaults which dropped from 243 in 2011 to 213 in 2012.
Drops were also seen tin the number of recorded offences for fraud/forgery, theft and attempts/threats to murder.
Meanwhile, it was revealed this week the Garda Division in Sligo/Leitrim had the second highest number of tapes in Ireland prior to the new digital system installed in 2008.
An internal inventory within the Garda Siochana confirmed that there were 320 tapes returned from the Sligo/Leitrim Division. Only Louth was higher with 356 tapes.
In total, the inventory lists 2,484 tapes were made in Garda stations outside Dublin. Some of the old tapes have evidence of mould and will be ‘’unplayable,’’ the internal inventory confirmed. Around the region, Cavan/Monaghan had 152 tapes, Donegal 31, Roscommon/Longford 135.
The tape recording system is understood to have been installed in the 1980s.