30/04/2010

Latest Figures Say Murders Rising

The murder rate in Ireland is on the increase according to new figures from the government.

According to the findings published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there has been an increase in the number of murders in the first three months of this year when compared to last year.

There were 16 murders reported between January and March, one more than for the same period last year, while murder threats were up by over 60%.

The figures also found that the number of sexual offences decreased slightly during the period although 896 incidents were recorded over the last year in total, corresponding to a 6.2% rise for the year to date.

Robbery, hijacking and extortion offences rose by a quarter, while there were also increases in burglary and theft offences.

There were decreases in fraud and sex offences.

There was a drop in weapons and explosives offences, with shootings down over 30%.

Fraud incidents have fallen by 12% to 163 in the fist three months also.

The statistics also show a drop in the crimes associated with criminal gangs with activity such as drug importation down 50%, as was drug dealing.

(DW/BMcC)

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