Gardaí say Covid-19 has led to significant reductions in most reported crime in March and April of this year.

Property crime was down by more than half (50.2%) in April when compared to April last year, largely because a lot of businesses were shut and more people were staying at home.

This led to a reduction in the number of vacant homes and less opportunities for offenders.

Residential burglaries were down by almost 60% (59.7%) and burglary elsewhere reduced by half (49.2%).

Crimes against the person were down by over a quarter (27.4%).

Gardaí say this was because of decreased public mobility and the closure of pubs and other premises serving alcohol.

Criminal damage was also down by over a quarter (27.4%).

However, there were significant increases in domestic violence and fraud offences such as phishing, so-called 'romance fraud', account 'takeover' fraud; and business email compromise.

Domestic abuse incidents increased by 25%.

Public order offences also increased between March and April this year by 6.2%.

The Garda Commissioner disclosed the figures to the Policing Authority at their meeting last week.