CSO stats show large increase in reported fraud offences in north Longford last year

There was a large increase in the number of fraud and related offences reported to Gardai in north Longford last year

According to CSO crime stats, reports of fraud, deception or related offences at one station grew by 1,000% between 2017 and 2018.

Earlier this month the CSO published its crime stats for 2018 under reservation and has now released a detailed breakdown of the stations where certain types of crime was reported.

In the Roscommon-Longford Garda division, there was a 45% increase in the number of attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments or related offences reported in Ballaghaderreen, while Longford and Ballymahon garda stations both reported an increase in the same type of offence.

Burglary and related offences dropped significantly in Longford town – from ninty-three reported instances in 2017, to forty-two in 2018.

Roscommon town garda station also saw a sizeable drop in the same offence – its crime rate dropping from forty-two to eighteen in the space of 12 months.

Fraud and deception related offences spiked in north Longford last year – rising from just three in 2017, to thirty-three last year – a 1,000% rise.

Roscommon town Gardai also reported an increase in that offence, growing from eighteen instances to twenty-four.

Elsewhere Edgeworthstown gardaí noted a drop in the number of controlled drugs offences last year, reducing in 12 months by 68% and weapons and explosives offences rose from two in 2017, to seven last year.

There was also a 373% increase in the number of offences against the government, justice procedures and organisation of crime reported to gardaí in Longford last year- increasing from fifty-two in 2017, to two-hundred-and-forty-six last year.