24/09/2013

CSO Figures Show Crime Figures Down Almost Across The Board

Newly published figures from the Central Statistics Agency have revealed the crime figures in all but two groupings have fallen from April to June, when compared to the same period last year.

There was a year-on-year fall of 7.9% for sexual offences and a 10.2% fall in attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences. Dangerous and negligent acts were also down by 15.6%.

Of the groupings that didn't fall, the overall homicide rate rose by 1.5%, despite murder and manslaughter falling. The increase is being attributed to a 25% increase in deaths caused by dangerous driving.

Robbery also fell, but this is counter-balanced by an increase in blackmail, extortion and robbery from individuals.

Included in the figures are a fall of 12.6% for controlled drug offences.

Garda stations in Dublin received the most reports of crimes, with Limerick, Waterford and Cork all featuring high in the list.

The full list of figures have been published by the CSO and are available on their website.

(MH/CD)

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