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Saturday 24 March 2018

Murder rate down 40pc -- but burglaries surge

AN average of 70 burglaries -- or related property offences -- were committed every day over the past three months, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

However, there has been a significant decrease in serious crime, and the murder rate is down by 40pc year on year.

Incidents of burglary, attempted burglary, or cases where people were caught with tools for burglary, rose by 8.5pc, compared with the same period last year.

There was also an increase in bank, post-office and cash-in-transit robberies.

Apart from kidnapping and related offences, there was a drop in every other category of serious crime, including gangland activity.

Drugs offences dropped by 15pc, explosives and gun crime was down by 11pc, and sexual offences decreased by over 21pc.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter welcomed the drop in the murder rate and drugs-related offences.

"I welcome the positive picture shown by these latest statistics. In particular, I welcome the reduction of almost a half in homicide offences in the quarter, which includes a reduction of almost a tenth in the number of murders," he said.

Irish Independent

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