Ireland’s Latest Crime Statistics On The Rise Across the Country

Ireland – June 29, 2016 – The latest crime statistics in Ireland reflect mixed trends in crime rates, types of crime and locality variants.  The most recent 2015 analysis and reports produced by Irelands’ Central Statistics Office (CSO) and police force, Garda, indicate that 243,968 criminal offences were reported countrywide last year, ignoring road traffic incidents.  This equates to approximately 667 crimes committed daily, directly affecting roughly 5.3% of the population.

The most common offences are theft, public order offences, criminal damage, and drug related crimes.  Through September 2015 almost 30,000 burglaries were committed, a 6% increase from 2014.  In comparison with less prosperous areas, affluent neighborhoods such as Donnybrook in Dublin are experiencing a significant increase in the number of crimes reported.  For example, there is more public order offences in areas such as Donnybrook than in Finglas or Ballyfermot, with Donnybrook’s crime rates being notable based on their proportion to the population. The nature of the offences in affluent areas is broad and includes drunkenness, violent disorder, street-begging, brothel-keeping, and soliciting.

Recently law enforcement’s attention has focused on the increase of reported crime in rural communities, with more isolated locations becoming targets for urban based organised gangs.  Other crimes follow a similar pattern with reported rape offences rising by 14.1% from 2014, while 5,490 fraud offences were recorded.  CSO figures reveal spikes of criminal occurrences across rural Ireland with rape and sexual assault being the most common offences.

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