Dundalk has the highest crime rate in Co Louth, followed by Blackrock
Dundalk has the highest crime rate in Co Louth, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office and An Garda Síochána.
The data, compiled by The Times of Ireland, shows that the town has a crime rate of 8.1 per 100 of population.
In total there were 2,599 reported crimes in Dundalk up until the year ending June 30th 2015.
The majority of the crimes were theft, with 1,021 incidences reported. There was also 437 burglaries, 413 cases of criminal damage and 250 public order offences. Assaults and harrassments accounted for 199 of the cases, with 59 drug related crimes. A further 220 were classed as other crimes.
This made Dundalk the 19th worst Garda Station in the country when it came to crime levels.
The biggest increase in crimes has been in relation to thefts, which have rocketed from 656 in 2012 to 1,021 this year. Public order offences have fallen from a high of 836 in 2010, however, to 250 this year.
Blackrock was the second worst area of the county for crimes with a crime rate of 7.4 per 100 of population – making it the 23rd worst area in the country.
In total there have been 609 crimes in the seaside village in the last year, the majority being thefts (270), with 82 public order offences, 69 cases of criminal damage, 52 drug related crimes, 48 burglaries, 42 assaults and harrassments and 46 other crimes.
In contrast Collon has the lowest crime rate in the county at 1.2 per 100 of population.
While it recorded 2,396 crimes as of the year ending June 30th, Drogheda had a crime rate of just 5.5.
It was followed by Castlebellingham (4.8/258 crimes), Omeath (4.1/65), Dunleer (3.8/166), Dromad (3.6/115), Ardee (3.1/282), Carlingford (3.0/129), Clogherhead (2.9/129), Louth (2.1/94), Hackballscross (2.0/56) and Collon (1.2/34).