Crime highest in Castlerea, lowest in Athleague

There has been a rise in crime in parts of west and north Roscommon, but Roscommon town’s rate has fallen substantially, data has shown.

  The Ireland edition of The Times last week published crime rates for every Garda station in the country, based on information provided by the Central Statistics Office and An Garda Síochána.

  The details show that, as of last June, Castlerea had the highest crime rate in the county, with 4.9 crimes per 100 population. Athleague had the lowest crime rate, with 0.4 crimes per 100 population.   The information also shows that crime has risen in a cluster of areas of west and north Roscommon, along with a large portion of east Galway.

  Castlerea’s crime rate rose by 16.2 per cent in the year ending in June, compared to the previous year, with a total of 294 crimes recorded.

  Frenchpark’s rate rose substantially, by 157.7 per cent, with 67 crimes recorded, 41 higher than the previous year.

  Ballinlough’s rate increased by 126.3 per cent, Elphin’s by 52.9 per cent and Boyle’s by 1.4 per cent, while the Co. Galway villages of Glenamaddy and Williamstown also rose, by 11.1 per cent and 36 per cent respectively.

  However, in other areas in Co. Roscommon, the crime rate fell. The area covered by Roscommon Garda Station fell by 15 per cent, Strokestown’s by 2.4 per cent, Athleague’s by 47.6 per cent and Tulsk’s by 22.7 per cent.

  All statistics are based on data for the year ending last June, with comparisons based on the previous year.