Sex attacks and homicide offences as well as assaults have all increased nationwide over the last 12 month period but the rate of burglaries has dropped by almost 20pc.
This is according to the latest figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which show that sexual offences increased 8% when compared with the 12 month period ending March 2016 to the same period ending in March 2015.
Attempted/murder, assaults, harassments and related offences all increased by over 6pc, while homicide offences such as murder and manslaughter grew by just 1.6pc.
Within the report the CSO also include this guideline regarding the accuracy of Garda Crime Data.
“The CSO resumed the publication of recorded crime statistics in June 2015. This follows a comprehensive review of the accuracy of Garda Síochana crime data, on foot of the Garda Inspectorate report on Crime Investigation, published 11th November 2014. When interpreting the recorded crime statistics, the CSO advises that the findings of the review should be taken into account.”
Then there is a link to the following regarding this accuracy in a report from last year which includes the information that 1 in 5 crimes is not recorded and not investigated http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/documents/crimejustice/2015/reviewofcrime.pdf
It wasn’t all bad news however as crimes involving burglary and theft decreased over the same 12 month period by over 5,000.
The significant decrease can be attributed to Operation Thor, an anti-burglary initiative which was announced by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in November of last year.
A €5m budget was set aside to fund An Garda Siochana’s anti-burglary units both nationally and locally, and also led to extra resources being provided for divisional Burglary Response Units.
The figures provided are annualised for a given quarter and is the total number of crimes recorded in the 12 months from March 2016 to March 16.
There were 11,406 offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime recorded for the year to March, an increase of 14.5pc year on year.
This was heavily driven by a 16pc increase in offences while in custody, breach of court orders, which rose from 9,581 to 11,110.
The total for kidnapping and related offences rose by 13 to 144 during the period and false imprisonment offences increased dramatically by 44pc.