The presence of Covid-19 has seen drink driving, public order, and theft offences plummet, but sexual offences and drug crime have risen in Mayo in the second quarter of this year, according to new figures from An Garda Síochána.
The recorded crime statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal there was just 19 drink driving offences in the county during the second quarter of 2020 compared to 40 during the first quarter, while there were 44 such offences during the same period in 2019 — a 56% drop. Drug driving offences (4) were also slightly down while public order offences fell by close to 40%. There were 90 public order offences between April and June of this year compared to 145 in Q2 2019.
Theft offences dropped significantly. There were 89 in the second quarter of 2020 compared to 193 during the same period last year and 137 during the first quarter of the year. The number of thefts from shops fell from 92 in Q2 2019 to 30 during the same time-frame this year.
However, the advent of the coronavirus has not seen all types of crime bottom out. Drug offences during the second quarter of 2020 were higher than the first part of this year and Q2 2019. There were 90 controlled drug offences recorded in the second quarter of 2020 compared to just 32 in Q2 2019.
Sexual offences also increased. There were 22 sexual offences recorded during the second quarter of this year compared 19 in Q2 2019 and 17 in Q1 2020. Fraud and deception cases also rose to 41 compared to 31 during the same time last year.