PEOPLE seem to be getting the message about scam calls, texts and emails.
There have been 316 reports to the gardaí in Mayo of fraud and scams this year, down from the 545 recorded this time last year.
While the message ‘Don’t click on links or answer texts’ appears to be getting through, the figure for the year to date is still signifcantly higher than in 2019, when there were 151 fraud and scam offences.
The figures were revealed by Superintendent Joe McKenna at a meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Friday.
An overview of crime in the county for the year to date, compared to 2019, when society was fully open, showed assaults are up, while criminal damage and burglaries have reduced, as has drunkeness. Theft from vehicles has also dropped dramatically – from 83 cases in 2019 to 22 this year.
The statistics for the various categories so far this year (2019 figures in brackets) are: assault causing harm 52 (44), minor assaults 203 (175), burglaries 85 (106), criminal damage 181 (206), public order 242 (235), drunkeness 90 (143), robberies 3 (3), fraud/scams 316 (151), rape 14 (8), sexual assaults 29 (26), ordinary theft 144 (131), theft from vehicles 22 (83), theft from the person 6 (7), theft from shops 180 (221).
On the drugs front, gardaí in Mayo have seized €73,639 worth of drugs in the last three months, with one involving a haul worth €47,000 last week.
Cash worth just short of €52,000 has also been seized during drug operations, with a further €20,000 frozen in bank accounts.