There has been a dramatic rise in the number of burglaries across the county this year according to figures released to the Leitrim Joint Policing Committee on Monday last.
While no formal figures were released, Leitrim District Superintendent, Kevin English, noted there was a 91 percent increase in the number of reported burglaries in the county when compared to the same period last year.
Addressing the meeting, Superintendent English said that while the number of burglaries was up significantly for the 47 weeks to date this year, "a number of arrests have been made" and there are already people appearing before the courts in relation to these crimes.
Unfortunately the number of assaults were up by 24 percent across the county in the first 27 weeks of 2017. However Superintendent English pointed out that in Carrick-on-Shannon, the number of assaults reported has actually fallen from the same period last year.
Public Order and Criminal Damage
There was good news on public order offences which saw a drop of 8 percent on figures for last year across the county. Most significantly, these type of offences were down in our largest urban area, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Unfortunately the number of criminal damage offences were also up in 2017 with an increase noted in the Carrick-on-Shannon area however, Superintendent English said despite the increase for the county, overall the figures for these type of offences was low in Co Leitrim.
Thefts from shops
Thefts from shops were relatively unchanged with only a small increase reported on figures from 2016. This type of offences is typically concentrated in the county's largest urban area, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Locally gardai have invested a significant amount of resources into the detection of drugs and shutting down growhouse operations. This has been extremely successful this year with a large number of growhouses detected and drugs seized.
In January alone there were two significant growhouses discovered in the Aughavas and Carrigallen areas, netting plants to the value of over €320,000.
Further drug seizures were also made in February and over the summer with the latest finds occurring in October and November in the Carrick-on-Shannon area.
Road safety remains a priority for gardai, said Superintendent English, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. To date this year there has been one fatality on the county's roads .