There has been an increase of over 40% in cases of reported fraud in the year to June, according to the latest crime figures published by the Central Statistics Office.

The CSO says the rise primarily relates to fraudulent attempts to obtain personal or banking information online or by phone as well as fraudulent use of credit and debit card information.

The figures also show a 37% decrease in burglary offences and a 22% drop in thefts while robberies are down 21% compared to the previous year.

The CSO says the impact of cancelled 999 calls on recorded crime statistics has still to be determined because these records relating to crimes, which were reported to gardaí, were not recorded on the PULSE system.

Reported sex offences also increased by over 7%, drugs offences remained almost static - with a minor increase of just over 1% - while other offences associated with organised crime have dropped including gun crime and murder.

Homicide was down by more than 26%, and weapons offences decreased by over 4%.

A total of 3,778 offences were also recorded on PULSE for breaches of Covid-19 regulations between April and June of this year, a marked decrease on the 10,438 such offences recorded from January to March.

The CSO says the reduction reflects the general easing of restrictions throughout the year.

The figures have been published "under reservation" which means the CSO does not stand over the accuracy of the PULSE data.

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