July 31, 2021

CSO crime figures show drug dealing, burglary and thefts on rise in Wicklow

Muggings in Wicklow doubled in 2019, while there was also significant increases in burglaries, thefts, trespassing and drug dealing.

These startling figures were revealed in the Crime Statistics for the Wicklow Garda Division published today by the Central Statistics Office.

The report also revealed a marked increase in drug offenses, where there was a 66% increase in arrests for possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Drug offences overall were up by 16.66% with 84 more cases recorded year on year – 588 incidents over the last 12 months, up from 504. Of these 87 were for sale and supply of drugs, up from 53 the previous year.

There were two murders or manslaughters recorded in Wicklow last year, the same as in 2018.

Burglaries, thefts and muggings were all significantly up year on year. Muggings in Wicklow doubled from 10 in 2018 to 20 in 2019. Burglaries rose by a staggering 37% – 681 were reported last year up from 498 in 2018.

Thefts surged from 1624 incidents in 2018 to 1,841 in 2019, a jump of more than 13%, while there were 83 recorded cases of trespassing in 2019, up from 62 the previous year – and almost 25% jump.

The number of incidents of public order and anti-social behaviour offences, and threats made to person remained increased by 12% year on year from 992 incidents in 2018 to 1,107 in 2019.

Frauds, on the other hand, fell by around 10%, as did the amount of sexual offences, including rape and sexual assault cases the Wicklow Garda Division had to deal with.

The figures were taken from the year starting January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019.

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