Major increase in kidnappings from 2008-2012 - CSO

Friday 28 March 2014 21.51
Murder, manslaughter and other homicide offences recorded an overall decrease
Murder, manslaughter and other homicide offences recorded an overall decrease

There has been a significant increase in the number of kidnappings, burglaries and robberies over the five years between 2008 and 2012, according to figures published by the CSO today.

Murder, manslaughter and other homicide offences recorded an overall decrease over the five-year period, but increased by almost 20% in the year between 2011 and 2012.

The Central Statistics Office also said the garda detection rate for that final year fell by 9%.

The figures show that kidnappings increased by 31%, robberies by 24% and burglaries by 14%.

There were substantial drops in public order, damage to property and road traffic offences - the latter down by 43%.

Homicide offences fell by 11% between 2008 and 2012, according to the CSO.

There were 79 homicides recorded in 2012 compared to 89 in 2008. 

However, 66 homicide offences were recorded in 2011, meaning there was a 20% increase year-on-year between 2011 and 2012.

There were 2,117 sexual offences recorded in 2012, representing a rise of 5% on the 2,014 recorded offences in 2011. 

However, the number of offences recorded in 2012 is over 50% higher than the recorded number of offences in 2008.

The CSO has advised care should be taken in interpreting this figure, however, due to a review of all cases involving alleged sexual offences reported to gardaí.

Detection rates fell in eight of the 16 top-level offence groups between 2008 and 2012. 

Homicide detection rates fell from 85% in 2008 to 77% in 2012.

However, many of the offence groups only showed slight changes throughout those years. 

Sexual offences detection rates dropped from 58% to 55%, burglary detection rates dropped 4% from 26% to 22%, while fraud and deception detection rates fell from 53% to 44%.

Elsewhere, dangerous or negligent acts enjoyed a 100% detection rate in 2012, while controlled drug offences and road and traffic offences had a 99% detection rate in the same year.

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan said the report shows that reductions in crime rates were achieved in many areas such as homicide, theft and assault.

She said latest CSO figures show a 10.9% decrease in burglary and related offences in the third quarter of 2013 following the introduction of Operation Fiacal targeting travelling criminal gangs.

She also welcomed the CSO finding that "there was an increase or no decrease in detection rates" in eight of the 15 crime groups.

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