Saturday 20 January 2018

Crime victims do not believe gardai will act on reports

Shane Hickey

Many victims of crime do not believe gardai will do anything about the offences.

Official figures published yesterday showed that 45pc of assaults and more than a third of thefts go unreported to the gardai.

Some 55pc of victims who failed to report violent thefts -- and almost 20pc of assault victims who did not contact gardai -- said they believed gardai either could not or would not do anything about the attacks.

New figures from a Central Statistics Office (CSO) survey of householders in the first three months of this year revealed that:

  • 83pc of people believe crime is a serious problem in this country.
  • 40pc are worried about being the victim of a crime -- down from 53pc in 2006.
  • Just under one in 10 households have experienced property crime -- a minor drop compared to 2003 and 2006.
  • 12pc of Dublin households reported property crimes -- the highest rate in the country.
  • More than a quarter of houses that were vandalised were targeted more than once.
  • Almost half of all burglaries happened while residents were at home.
  • In 20pc of burglaries, losses exceeded €1,270.


The details emerged in the crime and victimisation survey, which is part of the Quarterly National Household Study.

The statistics from the household survey differ from garda figures in that they include unreported crimes among other factors, the CSO said.

Another CSO report released yesterday contained provisional official crime figures from An Garda Siochana between July and September.

The 'Recorded Crime' report showed there was a jump in the number of robbery, extortion and hijacking offences reported to gardai compared to the same period in 2009.

There was also a steep rise in the number of sexual offences reported (up almost 80pc) although this was attributed to gardai reopening cases.

There have been drops in reported murders, attempted murders, assaults, kidnappings, burglaries, drug offences, weapons offences and thefts.

Irish Independent

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