Mixed re­sults for crime in Swords area dur­ing 2018

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

CRIME statis­tics for 2018, re­cently re­leased by the Fin­gal Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee for the Swords elec­toral area, show a mixed pic­ture for the polic­ing dis­trict of Swords when the fig­ures are com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017.

Based on crime fig­ures from Jan­uary 1 2018 to 31 Oct 2018 com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017, on a wide range of cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing as­sault caus­ing harm; ag­gra­vated bur­glary; crim­i­nal dam­age; rob­bery from per­son; pub­lic or­der in­ci­dents; and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

De­spite largely pos­i­tive re­sults with crime fall­ing in a lot of these cat­e­gories, the ‘Rob­ber­ries from the Per­son’ showed an alarm­ing in­crease of 90% (10 in­ci­dents in 2017 against 19 in­ci­dents in 2018).

This was put down, by lo­cal gar­daí to ‘sig­nif­i­cant in­crease as­so­ci­ated with in­ci­dents around Hal­loween pe­riod’.

Pub­lic or­der in­ci­dents were down 22% for the pe­riod in the Swords polic­ing dis­trict, with 231 in­ci­dents for 2017, and 180 for last year.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port pre­sented to the Fin­gal Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, this de­creased fig­ure may re­flect a ‘con­cen­tra­tion’ of Gar­dai on the beat at clos­ing time of a large num­ber of late night es­tab­lish­ments.

‘As­saults Caus­ing Harm’ also showed a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease, from 23 in­ci­dents in 2017 to 28 in­ci­dents dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2018, re­sult­ing in a 15% de­crease.

‘Mi­nor’ as­saults, how­ever, showed a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease of 20%, with a to­tal of 102 in­ci­dents in 2017 and 122 in 2018. These as­saults were said to be as­so­ci­ated with ‘night time econ­omy’, do­mes­tic in­ci­dents and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.un­der the head­ing ‘Garda Pa­trol Ac­tiv­ity’, ‘Pos­ses­sion of Of­fen­sive Weapon’ showed a de­crease of 6%, ‘Searches un­der Drugs Act’ a de­crease of 33% and ‘Ve­hi­cle Seizures’ a de­crease of 37%

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents (in­clud­ing breach of or­ders) showed a to­tal of 177 in­ci­dents, a de­crease of 22% based on fig­ures for 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to gar­daí from the Swords dis­tict who pre­sented the re­port to mem­bers of the Fin­gal Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, mea­sures taken for crime pre­ven­tion in the area dur­ing the last year in­cluded: high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols as part of ‘Oper­a­tion Open City’ in Swords for the Christ­mas pe­riod, and ru­ral pa­trols in­tro­duced in the Swords area ‘in con­junc­tion with col­leagues in Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict.’

Those ru­ral pa­trols would ap­pear to have come on the back of in­creased con­cerns in Fin­gal’s ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties about a spike in vi­o­lent ru­ral crime, par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ting farm­ers.

A packed pub­lic meet­ing on the is­sue was held in Swords af­ter fears were sparked fol­low­ing the at­tack on a lo­cal farmer, Pa­trick Walsh by a gang of men who had ap­par­ently been hunt­ing hares in the area.

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