The number of burglaries dropped by over half (52.8%) between March and June of this year, coinciding with the imposition of Covid-19 restrictions, when compared to the equivalent period in 2019, according to the latest crime figures released today.

Theft, robbery and sex offences also decreased over the three months when compared to last year. 

The impact of the Covid-19 restrictions is also evident in the reductions in assaults and related offences. 

There was also an almost 20% drop in the number of people who were victims of assaults in most categories, however there was an increase in attacks on women aged between 30 and 44 and those over 60. 

While homicide offences also decreased, crimes associated with gangland activity continued to increase with rises in drugs and gun crime.

Gardaí also recorded over 280 crimes relating to breaches of the Covid-19 restrictions during the same period. 

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