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New crime figures show kidnappings rise 31pc, while homicides drop 11pc

Tom Brady Security Editor

Published 29/03/2014 | 02:30

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Deputy Garda Commisioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Deputy Garda Commisioner Noirin O'Sullivan

KIDNAPPINGS have increased by almost a third and robberies by nearly a quarter over a five-year period, according to the latest figures.

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But homicides dropped by 11pc and drugs offences by 30pc, the latest report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows. It covers a period from 2008 to 2012 and indicates that crime dropped in 10 out of 16 categories.

Interim garda commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said last night the reductions demonstrated the Garda's focus on keeping communities safe and tackling all forms of crime. She pointed out that garda proactively monitored emerging crime trends and patterns and operations were constantly assessed and reviewed.

The latest report shows that burglaries jumped by 14pc during the five years. However, the CSO report for the third quarter of last year showed a drop of almost 10pc in burglaries over the previous year. Figures for the final quarter of 2013 are expected to be published in the coming week.

Over the five years, weapons and explosives offences dropped by 24pc, public order by 29pc and road traffic by a whopping 43pc.

But fraud, deception and related offences rose by 7pc – although theft was down by 1pc. The report shows a rise of 51pc in sexual offences, but those figures include a large amount of past crimes that were included in the number reported to gardai following an ongoing review of all cases involving sex offence allegations.

This meant a number of cases had been reclassified, even though the offences had taken place outside the period. The review is being undertaken in conjunction with the new garda policy on the investigation of sexual crime, introduced in April 2010.

It was also pointed out that one of the reasons for the 31pc increase in kidnappings was that a new category of incidents such as human trafficking had been included.

Detection rates were generally found to be stable but fell in half of the categories – including a drop from 85 to 77pc in homicides; 58 to 55pc for sexual offences; 26 to 22pc for burglaries; 38 to 35 for theft, and 91pc for weapons and explosives crime.

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