New interactive crime map reveals crime rate is declining
A new interactive map has been launched showing crime rates across Ireland.
The map uses data from local garda stations and will allow members of the public to access detailed crime statistics for their neighbourhood.
The data is taken from a study of crime rates from 2004-2010 and reveals that, contrary to popular opinion, crime has actually decreased since 2007.
The greater Dublin region, Cork, Limerick and north Donegal have the highest level of crime, while Mayo and west Galway have the lowest.
"Nearly every community has experienced a significant and sustained decline in crime since 2007," Dr Perry Share, a sociologist at Sligo Institute of Technology, who was involved in the study, told RTE's Morning Ireland this morning.
Dr Share also said that while "parts of the media give the impression that drug use is rapidly rising across Ireland" the study shows that, although there was a gradual increase in drug use from 2004, the rate has actually declined since 2007, and that the vast majority of drug offences are still limited to particular urban areas.
The interactive map is available from this morning on www.airo.ie.
However, access may initially be limited if the UK experience is anything to go by. When a similar map was launched there two years ago, demand was so great the site crashed on the first day.