There has been a substantial increase in fraud and related offences in the last year according to the latest CSO crime figures.

The annual statistics show that reported cases of fraud increased by more than 25% to almost 8,000 last year, more than 20 a day.

There has also been an increase in drugs and gun crime, attempted murders and sexual offences.

However, homicide offences were down 37.5% with 30 fewer people dying violently in 2019 than the year before.

There has not been a murder in the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud in over two years, a fact reflected in the latest crime figures. 

Overall, gangland murders were down by 12.5% in 2019. 

However, other feuds are continuing in Blanchardstown, Coolock and Drogheda and the figures show that gangland crime remains a serious problem.

The figures showed a 17.3% increase in drugs related offences, including trafficking, possession and supply. 

Gun crime also increased with more an 8.9% increase in shootings and a 10.8% increase in the numbers of those caught in unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Attempted murders also almost doubled in 2019.

Today's figures also show that organised crime is now operating online in a highly sophisticated way. 

Every day last year, 21 people reported a fraud, deception or related offence to the Gardai, a total of almost 8,000, amounting to an increase of 26% on 2018. 

There was also an overall increase in sex offences with more cases of rape and child abuse being reported but less reporting of aggravated sexual assault.

The number of reported robberies and burglaries also slightly decreased. 

These statistics are published "under reservation" which means they do not meet the standards required of official statistics published by CSO

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