Burglary offences down almost 20% nationwide

Burglaries are down nationwide by almost 20% according to the latest CSO figures.

The CSO released its latest crime statistics yesterday. The figures reflect the period from the end of March 2015 to the end of March 2016.

The biggest change recorded, was a decrease of 18.4% for burglary and related offences, compared with the same period 12 months previously. There were 23,377 recorded burglary offences.

The next most significant change was in offences against the Government and justice procedures, with crimes of this nature increasing by 14.5%.

There were 11,406 offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime. This was “heavily driven” by an increase of offences committed by people in custody and breach of court orders.

Kidnapping offences and sexual crimes also increased. There were 144 kidnapping-related offences recorded in the 12-month March to March period, compared with 131 in the 12 previous months. This reflected a jump of 9.9% in kidnapping offences.

In relation to sexual offences, there was an increase of 8.2% in this area. In the 12-month period to the end of March 2016, there were 2,301 recorded offences of this kind. They mostly related to “other sexual offences”, which increased by 97% in total.

“Other sexual offences” are classified as incest, child pornography and crimes of gross indecency.

The number of rape offences, of a male or a female, increased by 3%, with 522 rapes recorded in the 12-month period ending in March of this year. There had been 503 rape offences recorded for the corresponding period 12 months previously.

Murder offences dropped by 10%, with 33 recorded for the most recent period compared with 37 in the previous collection of statistics.

However, murder threats increased by 17.9% but murder attempts fell by 47.1%, in the latest CSO crime statistics.

All of the figures from the CSO report are derived from An Garda Síochána records, based on the Irish Crime Classification System (ICCS).

Just because an offence has been recorded in a certain year does not mean it took place in that year.

A recorded offence is based on the date that it became known to gardaí. This distinction is particularly important in relation to sexual offences, “as it had often been the case that such incidents have been reported to An Garda Síochána many years (sometimes decades) after the event”, states the CSO report.


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