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Westmeath Sergeant Issues Warning Amid Drop In Crime Figures

Gardai have published new figures from March until May.

There has been a significant reduction in crimes such as burglaries and robberies during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new Garda statistics.

However, the crisis did not stop criminals completely as more than 2 thousand burglaries were reported from March to May while there were 3,800 reports of shoplifting.

There was a spike in online fraud offences which rose by 55 per cent while 1,900 people were detected driving while under the influence.

Domestic abuse related calls rose by 25 per cent while there was an 18 per cent increase in formal notifications to child protection agency Tusla.

Athlone Sgt Andrew Haran is warning that people can't become complacent about securing their property:

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