19/12/2016

New Figures Reveal Rise In Sexual Offences

New figures have revealed sexual offences are up 6.6% compared to the same period last year.

The Central Statistics Office statistical release for Q3 of 2016 states there were 152 further incidents compared to 2015, up from 2,294 to 2,446. In addition, there was a 1.1% rise in homicide offences, relating to one incident.

However, there was a large drop in burglary and other related offences (31.2%), as well as a 15.7% decline in damage to property and to the environment.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D, said the 31% drop in burglary crime was impressive thanks to An Garda Síochána's "sustained drive against burglars under Operation Thor".

"The Government remains absolutely committed to supporting Garda efforts to combat crime including Operation Thor," she said.

"It is encouraging that the regional breakdown of the CSO figures shows that Operation Thor is benefitting communities right across the country.

"Burglary is a terrible and invasive crime and we will continue this crackdown to ensure the safety and security of people in their homes all over Ireland."

(LM)

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