City worst for drugs, thefts, assaults and weapons

by Gazette Reporter

DUBLIN city had the highest crime rates in Ireland last year, new figures show.

Data shows that the Dublin City Council (DCC) area was highest for five common crimes: drugs, thefts, assaults, public order, and possession of weapons.

Outside of the capital, instances of these crime groups were high in Waterford, Cork and Louth, where two feuding criminal gangs waged war in Drogheda.

Drugs and weapons crimes have risen and, while assaults have dropped overall, attacks on women have not dropped as sharply compared with assaults on men.

Statistics show that DCC, which covers a densely populated area from Ballymun to Donnybrook, had the highest crime rates in the country last year.

The local authority area includes the city centre and has a population of around 544,544.

There were 1,424 public order offences reported per 100,000 in the city last year, almost double that of the second highest (Galway, 838 per 100,000).

DCC also saw the most drug offences reported in 2020, at 928 per 100,000, with the South Dublin County Council (SDCC) area second at 843.

The DCC area reported 619 assaults per 100,000 last year, with Waterford (539) and Louth (544) also having higher than average assaults.

The areas with the lowest rate of reported assaults, 215 per 100,000, were Kilkenny and Carlow, which are policed by the same Garda division.

Weapons and firearms offences, a crime category which rose by 14.9% countrywide last year, was among the highest in two Dublin areas.

DCC saw 151 offences per 100,000, followed by SDCC, an area which includes Clondalkin, Lucan and Tallaght, with 76 incidents.

Outside of the capital the highest weapons offence rates were reported in Louth (99), Waterford (95) and Cork (79).

Gardaí in Mayo dealt with the lowest number of firearms offences in 2020, with 26 per 100,000 of the population.

Sinn Féin Cllr Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin South Central Joint Policing Committee, said the figures should be a wake up call to the Government

He warned: “It appears the Government is losing the battle against the criminal and drug gangs. These figures will only confirm this feeling across the capital.

“Communities feel abondanded by this Government. We need to reverse the cuts and increase Garda numbers to 2008 levels. Gardaí cannot fight crime with one hand tied behind their back.”

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