Robberies And Hijackings Up 40%

The Central Statistics Office has revealed a 33.9% rise in robberies, hijackings and kidnappings in the second quarter of this year.

The figures published today said there had been a 52% rise in the total number of recorded sexual offences, mainly due to a reclassification of crimes going back a number of years, the CSO said.

However, there were also 13 recorded murder and manslaughter offences in the period, which is three fewer than in the same quarter last year.

Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesman Charlie Flanagan described the figures as a "shocking increase" that showed Ireland has become a "far more dangerous place" after 13 years of Fianna Fáil government.

Deputy Flanagan said pointed out the report had found a 61.4% spike in personal robberies, a 7.7% rise in burglaries in the 12 months to July a 96.9% rise in cultivation or manufacture of drugs in the last three months and a 52.3% hike in sexual offences.

Speaking this morning in response to the figures, Mr Flanagan said: “Ireland is clearly a far more dangerous place than when Fine Gael left government. With robberies against the person soaring, people are right to be nervous on the streets. Fianna Fáil’s repeated pledges to clamp down on crime have rung hollow for many years now.

“I welcome the slight dip in the number of homicide offences, but recent incidents will undoubtedly see further increases in the next set of figures, and murder-threat offences are soaring.

“What’s more, these figures confirm that Ireland is cultivating a burgeoning drugs manufacturing industry. The profits from this twisted enterprise are fed straight back into the crime gangs which still lord it over far too many parts of the country.


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