THE NUMBER of cases of gun crime in the Kilkenny/Carlow garda division area fell by more than half last year, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CS0).
In total, there were just 10 cases of gun crime in the area last year, representing a reduction of 57%. Gun crime is tallied by calculating the combination of two offences: ‘possession of a firearm’ and ‘discharghing of a firearm’.
Crime involving drugs in the region also fell - down by 22% on the previous year, with a total of 507 cases.
This is broadly in line with the national trend, which saw an overall fall in drug crime of 26%. Neighbouring garda divisions have shown similar reductions, with drugs crime in Waterford down by 18% to 670 cases, and down 42% in Tipperary to 442 cases.
Authorities have attributed some of the fall in drugs crime to the lower levels of disposable income people have had since the recession. Most recreational drug-users have been forced to stop or cut back on drug use, due to their lower income.
These statistics support the theory that most crime types have fallen since the onset of the recession. The notable exception is burglary, which rose by 5% in the Kilkenny/Carlow area last year.