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Monday 24 April 2017

Sex assaults and homicides on the rise, but drop in burglaries - CSO

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Robin Schiller

Sex attacks and homicide offences as well as assaults have all increased nationwide over the last 12 month period but the rate of burglaries has dropped by almost 20pc.

Figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that sexual offences increased to 2,301- a 8pc rise- when comparing the 12 month period ending March 2016 to the same period ending in March of last year.

Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences surged by over 6pc, while homicide offences such as murder and manslaughter grew by just 1.6pc.

Three fatal shootings carried out as part of the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud in both February and March can be attributed to the slight rise in homicide offences.

However, crimes involving burglary and theft significantly decreased over the 12 month period.

Annualised show a drop of more than 5,000 incidents in both burglary and related offences.

The significant decrease can be attributed to Operation Thor, an anti-burglary initiative which was announced by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in November of last year.

A €5m budget was set aside to fund An Garda Siochana’s anti-burglary units both nationally and locally, and also led to extra resources being provided for divisional Burglary Response Units.

The figures provided are annualised for a given quarter and is the total number of crimes recorded in the 12 months prior to end of March.

There were 11,406 offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime recorded for the year to March, an increase of 14.5pc year on year. This was heavily driven by a 16pc increase in offences while in custody, breach of court orders, which rose from 9,581 to 11,110.

The annualised total for kidnapping and related offences rose by 13 to 144 during the period and false imprisonment offences increased dramatically by 44pc.

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