Crime figures across Mayo are back in line with post pandemic levels, with incidents of public order up by over 100 percent in the last 12 months.
The crime statistics from across the county were outlined at a meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee on Friday.
When providing the stats for the first five months of 2022, Superintendent Joe McKenna said they were on par with 2019, the last time there was an open society and no Covid-19 restrictions.
Unsurprisingly crime levels jumped compared to 2021, when restrictions were still in place, but Supt McKenna revealed that in some cases they have surpassed 2019 levels.
Incidents of public order have increased by over 100 percent in the last 12 months, with 169 cases recorded already this year. In 2019, there were 137 cases during the same period.
Incidents of assault causing harm have increased by 33 percent in the last 12 months, with 32 cases recorded in 2022, an increase on 2019 figures when just nine cases were recorded.
Minor assaults have also increased, with 123 cases recorded compared to 71 in 2021 and 110 in 2019.
Reported incidents of sexual assault are up five to 18 compared to 12 months ago, and up one case when compared to 2019 levels, while reported incidents of rape are also down by one to seven compared to 2019.
Criminal damage is down by five from 2021, with 110 cases – a drop of nine when compared to 2019 numbers.
Burglaries are up from 35 in 2021 to 54 in 2022, but the figure is down compared to 2019.
Theft has increased by 24 percent compared to 2019, with 94 incidents recorded so far in 2022. Shoplifting is down by 31 percent on 2019 figures, with 94 recorded in 2022.
Superintendent Gabriel Moran from Claremorris Garda Station and Inspector David Tiernan of Ballina Garda Station both reported a rise in crime in their areas.
“We know the percentages in relation to public order and assaults have gone up for the year,” commented Insp Tiernan. “It’s probably to be expected, but we can assure you we try to mitigate with controls in place.”
Inspector Gerry McNally of the Road Traffic Division explained that in the first five months of the year there have been two fatalities on the road, down one compared to the same period last year.
However, there has been increases in serious injuries as a result of collisions, and material damage has increased from 25 to 365.
There has been a major increase in the number of detections for no insurance with 84 detected in 2022 compared to 46 for the same period last year. Drunk driving detections has also increased from 44 to 69.
Insp McNally added that gardaí will be carrying out a ‘day of action’ during June, July and August with checkpoints to facilitate engagement on road safety with motorcyclists.
So far this year, 17 motorcyclists have been killed on the roads around Ireland, with speeding a factor in one third of those deaths.