Drop in crime recorded in Waterford

WATERFORD has recorded a drop in most types of crime, according to new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

In the Waterford Garda Division during the third quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2012, there was a reduction of 42 per cent in weapons and explosives offences as well as robbery.

Damage to property and the environment fell by 35 per cent.

However, increases were recorded in both burglaries and public order offences which rose by four and seven per cent respectively.

Nationally, there was a drop in recorded crimes in most offence groups, but the number of kidnappings, thefts and homicides rose last year.

The CSO figures for recorded crime incidents for 2013 reveal an increase of 17.8 per cent in kidnapping and related offences from 101 in 2012 to 119 in 2013; theft and related offences were up by 3.3 per cent to 78,954; robbery, extortion and hijacking offences fell by just 0.2 per cent overall but robbery from the person was

up by 4.8 per cent to 1,691; burglaries and related offences were down by 7.2 per cent to 26,115; offences of possession of an article with intent to burgle or steal decreased by 9.0 per cent to 684.

There were 55 recorded murder and manslaughter offences – a decrease of five on 2012.

Kieran Foley

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