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Thursday 16 August 2018

Murder rate jumps 33.3pc in 12 months, new report reveals

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

THE number of murders committed across the country increased by 33.3pc in the 12-month period to June compared to the previous year, it has emerged.

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that the number of murders rose from 45 between June 2012 to June 2013 to 60 between June 2013 and June 2014.

The murder figure made up a large proportion of the overall homicide aspect of the report, which included manslaughter, dangerous driving leading to death, and infanticide, which increased overall from 78 to 83.

According to the statistics, the number of kidnapping and theft offences has also been on the rise.

In the period, kidnapping offences increased by 30.7pc to 132 offences, from 101, while robbery, extortion and hijacking increased by 1.9pc to 2,827.

There has also been a small increase in the number of controlled drug offences along with fraud, deception and related offences.

In contrast, there were a number of crimes that showed a decrease in the period.

There were 119 fewer sexual offences, a 5.8pc decrease from 2,061 to 1,942 in the period.

There was also a big drop in the number of public order and other social code offences, from 39,570 to 34,358 - a reduction of 5,212, or 13.2pc.

However, this still represented the second-highest number of incidents of 13 crime categories recorded by the CSO.

The most prevalent category for crime was theft and related offences at 77,541.

Warning

Gardai have warned householders to take steps to protect their property, with burglaries typically increasing by around 25pc during the winter months.

While the rate of burglaries has reduced over the last year, gardai are advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious.

Gardai have said that the most common points of entry by burglars are the front door at 29pc, a rear window 26pc and the rear door 22pc.

A total of 20pc of burglaries take place through an unsecured door or window.

Meanwhile, Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has welcomed the 8.7pc reduction in damage to property and 13.2pc public-order offences shown in the report.

"A key concern for many people is crime that impacts on their daily lives," she said.

"An Garda Siochana continues to operate a partnership approach working closely with communities in an effort to reduce crime levels," she said.

Ms O'Sullivan said that gardai across the country work tirelessly day-in, day-out to prevent and tackle crime.

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