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# crime trends
Ireland sees much less juvenile crime and public order offences than it used to
The gardaí say its because of the work they are doing to stop re-offending.

FIGURES FROM THE Court Service’s Annual Report reveals juvenile crimes and public order offences have greatly reduced over the last number of years.

In 2013, there were 5,365 juvenile offences, representing a 41% drop on 2010′s figure of 9,162.

Public order and assault offences are also on the way down with 40,823 such offences recorded last year, in comparison to 61,652 such offences back in 2011, a 34% drop.

According to a Garda spokesman, “preventative and enforcement” measures have been implemented by the force to reduce the number of incidents relating to such crimes.

“On the prevention side, this includes our youth diversion programme that seeks to stop young people under 18 from re-offending, our schools education programmes, and working with communities on programmes like Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert,” the spokesman said.

When it comes to enforcement measures the spokesman said they are constantly “monitoring and identifying” crime trends, and then putting in place “effective and targeted operations to tackle them”.

“An Garda Síochána is conscious that a key concern for communities and individuals are crimes that can impact on their daily lives such as public order and juvenile crime,” the spokesman added.

The report also showed juvenile crime orders made in respect of offences before the Children’s Court decreased in 2013 by 7% to 5,365 from 5,769 in 2012 with 2,402 of all offences struck out or taken into consideration with other offences.

Meanwhile, 118 juvenile crime order offences were returned to a higher court for trial.

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