Wednesday 18 October 2017

Significant drop in number of crimes being solved by gardaí - CSO

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Robin Schiller

The number of crimes being solved by gardaí has dropped significantly in a five-year period.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the detection rate of serious crimes such as homicide, sexual offences and burglary have all dropped between 2010 and 2014.

During this period the Garda Training College, Templemore was closed down while number of gardaí in the force decreased.

The number of recorded crimes also decreased in the five year timeline.

The CSO classifies a ‘detected’ crime where criminal proceedings have been brought in relation to the offence.

In 2014, the latest available data less than half of crimes of a sexual nature were solved. This is a 18pc decrease on the number of detected crimes in 2010.

Meanwhile, only a fifth of burglary related offences were solved by gardaí while there was a detection rate of 58pc for offences such as attempted murder and assault.

The only offence that didn’t see a decrease or equal detection rate between 2010 and 2014 were crimes relating to weapons and explosives(+2pc).

Crimes that have an impressively high percentage of proceedings being brought before the courts are offences against the State and organisation of crime (99pc), dangerous or negligent acts (100pc) and controlled drug offences (99pc).

Approximately four in five (79pc) of homicides committed in Ireland in 2014 have seen charges brought before the courts.

High-profile deaths in that year include the murder of Eoin O’Connor (32) and Anthony Keegan (33), whose bodies were found on an island in Lough Sheelin, Co Meath, after they had been shot.

Meanwhile there has been a significant decrease in the number of recorded offences between 2014 and 2014.

Recorded sexual offences have dropped by 18pc, while homicide crimes have decreased by 10pc.

Weapons and explosive offences have also dropped by a massive 40pc, while crimes relating to road traffic have fallen by 43pc.

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