headline crime fell by 26% in the first four months of this year in the Tullamore Garda District.
Figures presented by Tullamore Inspector Kieran Keys to a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee last week showed that overall crime in the area had seen a notable drop since the start of the year.
Garda records show a dramatic drop of 22% in the number of assaults while public order offences decreased even further. They were down by 29% to the end of April this year. Damage to property fell by 13% and there was a drop in burglaries of 6%.
However it was not all positive as there was a rise in robberies by a worrying 33%.
Inspector Keyes said that overall the news was ‘positive’. He attributed the decline to of a number of factors including good policing methods.
He also cited emigration as a possible reason for the decrease in public order incidents noting that there were now fewer night time related offences.
Inspector Keyes also paid tribute to the court services and highlighted the good working relationship they enjoy with the Gardai.