Rise in assaults and sex assaults but fall in murders - CSO
There has been a rise in the number of assaults and sex attacks in the past year, new figures from the Central Statistics Office have revealed.
However, the number of murders fell from 57 to 30 (a drop of 35pc) for the twelve month period ending in September 2015.
Rape offences increased by 12.5pc, while sexual assault (not aggravated) offences increased by 15.7pc.
Threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences rose by more than 13pc.
Burglaries and related offences increased by 6.2pc to 28,407 incidences.
Kidnapping and related offences rose by 8.7pc to 138 in the 12-month period ending in September 2015. False imprisonment offences rose by 40.0pc to 77.
Meanwhile, decreases were seen in abduction of children under 16 years of age and human trafficking offences.
The figures released today are for the 12 months leading up to September 2015.