While Longford and Roscommon recorded an annual 1% decrease in general crime levels, the overall number of drug offences detected increased by 18% - the third highest percentage increase in the country.
Garda figures for the twelve months to September 2013 show that 220 drug-related crimes were recorded in the Longford/Roscommon Garda Division.
Kildare (+35%) and Kerry (+23%) were the only other Garda divisions to record higher drug offence detection rates than Longford/Roscommon. Ironically, the overall number of drug offences detected has fallen by 7% nationally.
Excluding road traffic offences, a total of 3,246 crimes or 315 crimes per 10,000 of population (189 below the national average) were recorded in Longford/Roscommon and this 1% decrease lags behind the national average decrease of 7.1%.
Sligo/Leitrim was the only Garda Division to record an increase in general crime levels, rising by 2%.
Incidents of theft also increased in Longford/Roscommon by 4% (881 crimes recorded) and this was in line with the national average increase.
In four other main offence categories, Longford/Roscommon recorded percentage decreases – burglary down 7% (484); criminal damage down 3% (416); public order offences down 2% (510) and other crime down 6% (735).
In Sligo/Leitrim a total of 3,566 crimes were recorded or 367 crimes per 10,000 of population. Theft (961) and criminal damage (554) offences showed increases of 14% and 7%, respectively.