Tuesday 25 October 2016

Four in 10 crime victims ' dissatisfied with Garda response'

Published 16/06/2016 | 11:39

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Public trust in the gardai is at 85pc according to a survey carried out for the force – but paradoxically more than one-quarter of all crime victims are not reporting it.

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Despite controversies surrounding whistle-blowers and the garda handling of certain cases in recent years, the public retained a ‘medium to high’ level of trust in the organisation, according to research released today.

The survey, commissioned by An Garda Siochana and undertaken by Amarach Consulting, canvassed the views of 6,000 people nationally throughout last year.

Of those surveyed, 11pc had been the victim of a crime in the preceding 12 months.

The main crimes they experienced were burglary, 25pc, criminal damage, 19pc and assaults and theft of a bike - both at 9pc.

But of the 682 victims of crime 174, or 26pc, of the victims, did not report the incident.

The key reasons for not reporting a crime were; respondents believed the gardai could not do anything; they would not do anything; or the incident was not serious enough to report.

The survey found the majority of crime victims, 57pc, were satisfied with the service provided, however a significant minority, 41pc, were not.

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