More victims of crime are dissatisfied with An Garda Síochána this year compared to last, according to a new report published today.

An Garda Síochána's Public Attitudes Survey has found that 43% of crime victims were quite or very dissatisfied with the force in 2016, compared to 41% in 2015.

60% of people recorded satisfaction with An Garda Síochána's response to incidents, a drop of 3% on 2015.

The report also found that 88% of people trust gardaí, with those living in rural areas more likely to report higher levels of trust in the force.

Trust in the gardaí is lowest in Dublin.

Four out of ten people do not believe the police service tackles crime effectively.

More than half of people surveyed said they did not report a crime because they believed the gardaí could not do anything or would not do anything.

The survey of 6,000 people was carried out by an independent company last year to determine how people feel about crime and the work of An Garda Síochána.

When asked whether or not the organisation is well managed views were split: 42% agreed, 42% disagreed and 16% did not know.

59% of those surveyed thought that the garda presence in their local areas was not enough.

The survey also shows that the public wants An Garda Síochána to prioritise robberies, sexual offences and illegal weapons.

They consider traffic offences, criminal damage and fraud to be low priority crimes.

Fewer people were victims of crime in 2016 with a 3% drop in the rate recorded, down to 8% in 2016.

Over half of people said they were happy with how gardaí handled their case.

Two thirds of those surveyed say they have some fear of crime in general with 38% reporting that their fear of crime had some impact on their quality of life.

Women reported greater levels of fear of crime, worry about victimisation and the greatest impact on their quality of life.

Just over three quarters of those surveyed see crime as either a serious or very serious problem.