Thursday 17 October 2019

Sexual offences and fraud on the rise, latest crime figures show

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Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THERE was a jump of more than 10pc in the number of sexual offences recorded last year.

It came as the international Me Too movement continued to bring into focus inappropriate sexual conduct and sex crimes.

Today the Central Statistics Office published the recorded crime statistics for 2018 which showed a significant jump in the category.

However, the biggest increase was in the area of fraud offences, where there was an 18.4pc in the same period.

There was an increase of 11.3pc in recorded robberies, but homicides dropped by 10.8pc, burglary dropped by 11.5pc and criminal damage decreased by 7.2pc.

Recorded crime statistics have remained under scrutiny since the CSO last year expressed concern about the quality of the information collated by gardai on the Pulse system.

As such the figures published by the CSO were done so “under reservation,” meaning they do not meet the standards required for official statistics.

Sam Scriven, a statistician with the office, today repeated concerns about the quality of the data.

“The publication of the latest recorded crime statistics provides the best available measure of crime reported in Ireland while informing users of concerns regarding the quality of the underlying data,” he said in a statement.

The CSO said next month it intend to publish statistics relating to the victims of serious crime incident types such as homicides, assaults and sexual offences.

“The publication of these statistics is in response to considerable user demand for such statistics,” it said.

“The analysis of victims will look at characteristics such as the sex of victims, the age at the time an offence first occurred and the time gap between when an offence occurred and when it was reported to An Garda Síochána, so as to provide some context to the reporting of such offences in Ireland.”

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