The detection of burglaries has doubled in the Longford Roscommon district in comparison to this time last year.
The stark figures were revealed by Inspector Fran Nicholson at the Joint Policing Committee meeting of Longford Town Council last Wednesday.
Inspector Nicholson also said public order offences had risen significantly for the same period. Although unable to give exact figures, Insp Nicholson estimated it was a rise of 15 to 20 per cent. The introduction of new garda rosters earlier this year, which has led to an increase of gardai on-duty at hours normally associated with anti-social behaviour may have had a bearing on the increase, Insp Nicholson said.
Inspector Nicholson added that drug related offences are down across the division in comparision to the same period last year.