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Robberies, extortion and hijacking up 28%

Cases of robbery, extortion and hijacking have risen significantly in comparison with last year – however cases of dangerous driving have decreased.

THERE WAS A substantial increase in the cases of robbery, extortion and hijacking in the last quarter of 2010, according to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The figures show that robbery, extortion and hijacking offences jumped by more than 36 per cent on the same quarter in the previous year. The overall yearly figures show an increase of more than 28 per cent on 2009.

There were 1,942 recorded offences of robbery of a person in 2010 – a rise of 48.2 per cent on 2009.

However, dangerous or negligent acts offences decreased by over a fifth in 2010 compared with the previous year. Over 90 per cent of offences in this group relate to driving while over legal alcohol limit; the figures show such cases decreased from 2,979 (Q4 2009) to 2,479 (Q4 2010), a decrease of 16.8 per cent.

Read the full CSO report >

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