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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# Crime
There has been an increase in sexual assaults and a decrease in burglaries
There were more than 10,000 fewer burglary and theft-related offences in the 12 months to March 2016.

THERE WAS A rise in the number of assaults and sexual offences reported in the 12 months up to March of this year, but a decrease in burglaries.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there was an annual increase of 1,094 (+6.9%) records of attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences, compared to the same period in 2015.

Some 175 more sexual offences (+8.2%) were recorded, and one additional homicide (+1.6%).

There were more than 10,000 fewer burglary and theft-related offences in the same period. An Garda Síochána has been cracking down on burglaries through Operation Thor.

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In the 12-month period ending in March 2016, there were 37 recorded murder and manslaughter offences, the same number as in the previous 12 months. Dangerous driving leading to death increased by one offence over the same period.

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There were 23,377 recorded burglary and related offences, a fall of 5,265 (-18.4%) when compared with the previous 12 months.

This was mostly accounted for by an 18.4% decrease in recorded burglary offences. The number of aggravated burglary offences and possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand) also decreased.

The total theft and related offences dropped by 7% to 73,306, a decrease of 5,535 incidents. The CSO said this was largely driven by a sharp decrease in incidents classed as ‘theft of vehicle’ (down 1,618 or 21.3%) and ‘other’ thefts (down 4,534 or 10.3%). There were increases in the numbers of ‘theft from person’ and ‘theft from shop’ offences.

A total of 15,581 controlled drug offences were recorded in the same period, almost no change from the previous 12 months (+0.1%). The largest change in the subcategories was in cultivation or manufacture of drugs, which fell by 84 offences (-25.7%).

The full list of statistics can be read here.

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