Statistics showing the reporting of crime in Longford indicate that there has been a notable reduction in key areas in the county in the last 12 months.
Superintendent Tom Murphy and acting Superintendent Padraig Jones outlined the figures at the first meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) at Longford County Council chambers.
The headline figure of total reported crimes for 2014 was 2,244 an overall reduction of 342 on the number of crimes this time last year. Superintendent Murphy said that one of the areas of increase in the crime figures was in the sale and supply of drugs and the cultivation of cannabis. Superintendent Murphy said that this was as a result of Garda operations that had specifically targeted the crime.
Acting Superintendent Jones said that a number of crime prevention strategies had been rolled out that targeted specific crimes and areas. The acting Superintendent said that Operation Aimsir and Operation Edict were examples of these initiatives.
He went on to say that it was important to maintain high visibility in key areas, but acknowledged that there were resource issues: “We have to be smart as to how resources are used.”
Acting Superintendent Jones said that community involvement was an important tool as was exemplified by the text alert system. He said that Longford was a national leader in this area and that Granard was one of the forerunners, providing a template for the country.