Public order offences in Waterford have almost halved since 2010.
There were over 1,400 such offences in 2010 across the county of Waterford.
But in the seven years since that number has dropped to just under 800.
Gardaí put the plunging figures down to an increased emphasis on preventive measures aimed at low-level issues before they develop into serious assaults.
That’s just one of the findings from the Joint Policing Committee’s annual report to Waterford City and County Council.
Low level crime was down across Waterford for 2017, reported crimes of any type have dropped by a third, from just under 3,000 in 2011 to roughly 1,900 this year.
However drug offences saw a jump of almost a quarter, with almost 400 drug possession offences for 2017.
Meanwhile burglary, theft and robbery have all seen increases ranging from three to six percent.
It’s also not clear if messages around road safety are being taken on board by drivers, with the number of people caught driving under the influence rising by almost 3% at over 230 offences.
All together to date there have been over 2,000 arrests in 2017 and just over 500 vehicle seizures.
Waterford councillors had a mixed response to the figures from the JPC report: Independent Joe Kelly told WLR that the figures were coming at a time when trust in the guards has been damaged; Labour’s John Pratt said he sees a fear within communities to report crimes and Fianna Fail’s John O’Leary welcomed the findings, but says gardaí are in need of more resources.