Drop in Granard crime

Granard Garda chiefs were given a major boost this week after it emerged burglaries have dropped by almost one third over the past year, making it the single biggest decrease across the entire Longford/Roscommon division.

Granard Garda chiefs were given a major boost this week after it emerged burglaries have dropped by almost one third over the past year, making it the single biggest decrease across the entire Longford/Roscommon division.

According to latest figures, break-ins fell by 30 per cent during the first six months of this year compared to the same period 12 months earlier.

Assaults also showed a marked decline, down 35 per cent while thefts, shoplifting and drug offences have all fallen to a new low.

Anti social behaviour, meanwhile, linked to the likes of arson and public order incidents slumped by over one third each in a revelation which was given the unanimous seal of approval by local politicans this week.

Independent Cllr Tommy Stokes said the latest figures were “absolutely fantastic” news for the town and wider region of Granard.

“It’s great to see the work that is being done and the great job that the guards in the town are doing,” he told a hushed Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting.

Keen to heap praise on the wider public, Superintendent Ian Lackey pointed to the district’s pioneering text alert scheme, an initiative which now has as many as 3,000 households on its books.

“I would say it’s (crime reduction) down to the vigilance of the community, the text alert which I am still getting calls about from colleagues and a lot of good work from our members,” he said.

The Granard Garda chief made reference to recent successes officers have been experiencing with Operation Aimsir as part of a concerted effort to crack down on machinery thefts.

One of those operations, as revealed by the Leader last month, led to the recovery of several thousands euros worth of stolen equipment.

“What we would be saying to people who have trailers and other machinery of a high value to be vigiliant of them,” he said, before asking locals and motorists to be conscious of leaving expensive personal items on view to opportunist thieves.