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Number of murders, assaults and public order offences continues to fall

The CSO’s figures for crimes recorded in the first quarter of 2012 show the number of offences is on the slide.

THE LATEST FIGURES recording the number of crimes committed in Ireland has shown that the number of crimes committed in the twelve months to the end of March being down on the previous year.

A total of 253,813 crimes were recorded in the year to March, down by 7.2 per cent on the year that ended in March 2011, when 273,616 were committed.

65 murders were recorded in the latest 12-month measurement, down from 86 in the previous year, while the number of sexual offences was down by 12.4 per cent from 2,266 to 1,984.

Kidnappings were down from 128 to 100, weapons offences were down by 18.7 per cent, and public order offences were down from over 55,000 to 47,150.

When split into 14 categories, only two – burglaries and frauds – have seen an increase, with the number of burglaries up by 10.9 per cent and up frauds by 3.5 per cent.

Justice minister Alan Shatter welcomed the figures, saying the overall reduction “reflects well on Garda measures to prevent and combat crime. Notwithstanding the many pressures faced, the Commissioner and his officers are clearly using their resources to good effect.”

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