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Murders, thefts and drug offences up, sexual and public order offences down

The CSO released crime figures today.

Image: Cian Ginty via Flickr/Creative Commons

CRIME DROPPED MARGINALLY in the 12 months up to the middle of this year.

Annualised figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today show that overall, there were around 8,000 less crimes recorded than in the 12 months to same time last year.

In terms of headline figures, homicides are up by five to 83 on the same time last year, kidnapping is up by 31 to 132 and robbery, extortion and hijackings were up by 53 to 2,827.

Controlled drugs offences also rose by 300 to 15,699.

Public order offences dropped by over 5,000, while damage to property fell by 2,600.

Sexual offences were down 119 to 1,942.

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Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan welcomed the results.

“An Garda Síochána continues to operate a partnership approach working closely with communities in an effort to reduce crime levels. Members of An Garda Síochána across the country work tirelessly day-in, day-out to prevent and tackle crime. Our focus is on ensuring we continue this work to keep communities safe and reduce crime.

“A key concern for many people is crime that impacts on their daily lives. As such, I welcome the reduction in damage to property (8.7%) and public order (13.2%).

It is also good to see a 9% decrease in the Dangerous and Negligent Acts category, which has largely been driven by a fall in dangerous driving over the alcohol limit. We continue to appeal to all road users to act responsibly, slow down and never drink and drive.

“Any increase in the Homicide Offences category is of course a matter of concern for An Garda Síochána.

“An Garda Síochána pursues all murder investigations vigorously. We have a strong record of successful detections of murders and several arrests have already been made in relation to the murders committed in Q2.

“The majority of the murders in Q2 were not attributable to organised crime. However, we remain strongly focused on tackling organised crime in all its forms as we know at first-hand the devastation it brings to communities.”

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