Crime figures decline in all categories

RECORDED crime figures have fallen in all categories for the first time since quarterly figures were produced by the CSO in 2006.

An Irish Examiner analysis shows that never before have all 14 crime groups dropped in a given quarter compared to the same period the previous year.

It follows the publication yesterday of CSO crime statistics for the second quarter (April-June) of this year, compared to the same period last year.

The drop in recorded crime shows double-digit falls in 12 of the groups.

The figures also recorded a 38% drop in sexual offences, but the CSO said this was mainly due to a sharp rise in cases in 2010 as a result of an internal review of historical cases by gardaí.

Bearing in mind the high figure for Q2 2010 (667), the number of sexual offences in Q2 2011 (416) is higher than Q2 2009 (386) and Q2 2008 (340).

While overall crime figures are down, some individual offences included within the 14 categories have risen.

There was an 8% rise (from 72 to 78) in aggravated burglaries and a 5% increase (from 143 to 150) in possession of an article with intent to burgle. Due to a drop in non-aggravated burglaries, the total burglary category had a slight drop (-1%).

While there was a 14% drop in robberies, there was a 67% increase (from six to 10) in cash in transit heists. Likewise, while the overall number of thefts was down, thefts from shops was up by 2% (from 751 to 766).

In the drugs category, there was a massive jump of 140% (from five to 12) in drug importation offences and a 21% hike (from 129 to 156) in cultivation of drugs.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said: “The reduction in all categories of recorded crime in the last quarter is very encouraging. The Garda Síochána is doing a tremendous job.”

But he expressed concerned that figures from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre indicated that a “significant number” of victims don’t report the crime to gardaí.

* www.cso.ie


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