• Rural Crime

    Rural Crime

    Casserly alarmed at rural crime figures for Sligo, Leitrim & South Donegal

    Speaking this week, Independent Councillor and Dáil candidate Marie Casserly expressed alarm that three of the top six highest areas for recorded crime last year in Connacht and Ulster were located in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency. The statistics were published in The Times 2015 Neighbourhood Crime Survey recently.

    Bundoran Garda Station recorded one of the country’s highest crime rates, with 8.2 reported crimes per 100 of the population, putting it 15th on the national index. Carrick-on-Shannon station recorded 6.1 crimes per 100 of the population placing it in 35th position nationally.  The third highest station for crime in the constituency, Sligo, reported 5.6 crimes per 100 of the population. It was the 47th highest station nationally.

    The only stations recording higher crime than any of these across all of Ulster and Connacht were Letterkenny, Ballinasloe and Galway. In addition Bundoran, Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon all record the highest incidence of crime of any towns in their respective counties.

    “Not only does the closure of Garda stations across rural Ireland mean that people feel less safe in their homes, it also means we see statistics like this which see three of the top six highest crime hotspots in Connacht and Ulster located in Sligo/Leitrim.” said Marie.

    “There are entire counties – including Mayo, Monaghan and Roscommon – with lower crime rates than recorded in Bundoran, Sligo or Carrick-on-Shannon and the message to the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner is that the level of crime in rural towns must be reduced,” she added.

    Between 2013 and 2015 ten Garda stations in counties Sligo and Leitrim were closed and Councillor Casserly said that rural policing must become a priority for the next government.

    “Any increase in crime in rural towns and cities cannot be tolerated. While much is made of falling crime statistics nationally, the fact is that some of the most serious crimes continue to increase including burglary, theft and assaults. Effective policing, tagging of alleged offenders while on bail and strong co-operation from the community can all help in the fight against crime,” she added.

     

    Full details of The Times National Crime Survey 2015 can be found online here: http://times-deck.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/projects/312351bff07989769097660a56395065.html

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