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Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences up 34 per cent

However, the murder rate decreased by 27 per cent from 2010 – 2011, according to the latest figures released by the CSO.

THE LATEST CRIME statistics from the CSO show that detection rates for the majority of offence groups were stable in the period between 2007 and 2011.

When it comes to recorded offences, the groups with percentage increases between 2010 and 2011 were dangerous and negligent acts (up 50 per cent), burglary and related offences (up 8 per cent) and fraud, deception and related offences (up 7 per cent).

The highest percentage decreases in recorded offences between 2010 and 2011 included homicide which decreased by 27 per cent, and kidnapping and related offences by 16 per cent.

Recorded offences between 2007 – 2011

Between 2007 and 2011, sexual offences increased by 49 per cent; robbery, extortion and hijacking offences increased by 34 per cent, dangerous or negligent acts offences by 19 per cent and burglary and related offences rose by 17 per cent in this period.

The number of recorded homicide offences decreased by 51 per cent; road traffic offences decreased by 31 per cent; public order and other social code offences decreased by 19 per cent; and damage to property and to the environment offences fell by 1 per cent, between 2007 and 2011.

There were 66 homicide offences recorded in 2011 representing a decrease of almost 27 per cent on the 90 recorded offences in 2010. Offences in this group had decreased every year since 2007.

There were 45 recorded murder/manslaughter/infanticide offences in 2011, compared to 62 in 2010.

Dangerous driving leading to death offences were recorded in 2011, compared with 28 recorded in 2010.

Males aged between 25 and 44 years old accounted for over three quarters of those convicted in relation to homicide offences recorded in 2011. No females were convicted for these offences.

Sexual offences 2010 – 2011

There were 1,992 sexual offences recorded in 2011, a fall on the 2,308 recorded offences in 2010. However, there was a rise in the number of recorded sexual offences in 2010, mainly due to an on-going review of all cases involving alleged sexual offences reported to An Garda Síochána.

In 2011, sexual offences had a detection rate of 57.2 per cent, with 1,139 offences detected. The majority of these offences were sexual assault (not aggravated) offences, with 1,194 recorded in 2011. No females were convicted for sexual offences in 2011.

There were 16,804 attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences recorded in 2011, a decrease of 5.4 per cent on 2010.

There were 386 recorded murder-threat offences in 2011, compared to 358 in 2010, an increase of almost 8 per cent. Recorded offences of minor assault decreased by almost 4 per cent between 2010 (11,087) and 2011 (10,647).

In relation to harassment, stalking, threats offences, there were 824 recorded offences, a decrease of over 30 per cent on the 2010 figure.

Regarding attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences in 2011, 509 were committed by males under the age of 25 while 83 were committed by females in this age bracket. The age group for males and females with the most convictions was the 25-44 year age category.

Dangerous acts

There were 305,686 dangerous or negligent acts offences recorded in 2011, a significant increase on the recorded offences in 2010 (204,263).

This increase was mainly due to speeding offences rising from 156,217 to 260,827. Over the same period, driving/in charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit offences decreased by 15.2 per cent to 8,836.

There were 109 recorded offences in kidnapping and related offences in 2011, a decrease of just over 16 per cent on 2010.

There were 2,921 robbery, extortion and hijacking offences  recorded in 2011. There were 1,073 robbery of an establishment or institution offences recorded in 2011. This was a slight decrease on the figure in 2010 (1,084).

Burglary

There were 27,691 burglary and related offences recorded in 2011, an increase of 8.1 per cent on 2010.

In 2011, the number of recorded theft/unauthorised taking of vehicle offences was 8,193; there were 19,962 recorded theft from shop offences; and 21,551 theft of other property offences.

There were 5,326 recorded fraud, deception and related offences in 2011, representing an increase of 6.6 per cent on the 2010 figure of 4,995.

Drugs and weapons

There were 17,651 recorded controlled drug offences  in 2011, a decrease of 11.3 per cent since 2010. The number of drug offences had decreased every year since 2008.

In 2011, there were 3,468 recorded weapons and explosives offences, a decrease of 15.4 per cent on the 2010 figure of 4,097.

In 2011, there were 49,000 recorded public order and other social code offences, compared to 54,840 recorded offences in 2010. This is the lowest level recorded for this group since 2007.

Road and traffic

There were 219,235 road and traffic offences recorded by An Garda Síochána in 2011. This represents a decrease of 15.2 per cent on 2010.

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