Drug-related crime “biggest threat” to safety in the Isle of Man according to Chief Constable's Annual Report

Isle of Man Police Headquarters Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A continued rise in drug-related crime is the “biggest threat” to safety in the Isle of Man as offences have continued to rise over the last year.

That’s according to the Chief Constable's Annual Report showing a 6.8% rise in drug offences.

Over the last 12 months, the majority of additional offences have been connected to the trade in class A drugs, which has also led to a rise in violent crime.

The majority of class A drug offences have been associated with Liverpool.

There has been an overall increase of 4.9% recorded crime on the island.

However, the Isle of Man continues to be the safest place to live in the British Isles.

The report shows a fall in offences of criminal damage and burglary, a decrease in the number of domestic violence offences and a year-on-year reduction in road collisions.

The annual report covers the period up to 31st March 2020, therefore not reflecting the time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read the full report here.