Official figures show drop in recorded crime for most offences

Kidnappings, thefts and homicides, including causing death by dangerous driving, rise in 2013

Offences of possession of an article with intent to burgle or steal decreased by 9 per cent to 684, the CSO figures show.

Offences of possession of an article with intent to burgle or steal decreased by 9 per cent to 684, the CSO figures show.

Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 14:17

There was a drop in recorded crimes in most offence groups, but the number of kidnappings, thefts and homicides rose last year, figures published today show.

Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures for recorded crime incidents for 2013 reveal an increase of 17.8 per cent in kidnapping and related offences from 101 in 2012 to 119 in 2013.

The CSO said this was driven by a rise of 16.4 per cent in the number of false imprisonment offences, from 67 to 78 and a rise of nine in the number of recorded abductions of persons under the age of 16.

Theft and related offences were up by 3.3 per cent in 2013 to 78,954. Theft from the person, however, increased by nearly 30 per cent to 6,525 from 5,036 the previous year. Recorded thefts from shops was up by 5.2 per cent to 20,602.

Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences fell by just 0.2 per cent overall. But robbery from the person was up by 4.8 per cent to 1,691.

Burglaries and related offences were down by 7.2 per cent last year to 26,115. Aggravated burglary offences were up by 4.2 per cent but recorded non-aggravated burglary offences decreased by 7.2 per cent to 25,136.

Offences of possession of an article with intent to burgle or steal decreased by 9.0 per cent to 684.

In 2013, there were 55 recorded murder and manslaughter offences, the CSO said. This marked a decrease of five on 2012.

Offences of dangerous driving leading to death, also categorised as homicide, were up from 19 to 25, however.

Noting this increase, acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan said it was critical that An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority, statutory and voluntary bodies, and the public continued to work together to make the roads safer.

Overall, the number of sexual offences recorded was down by 3.3 per cent to 2,047 from 2,117 the previous year. Decreases were recorded for must sub-groups in the sexual offences category, but sexual assaults increased by 4 per cent in the year.

Assault causing harm and poisoning offences fell by 6 per cent to 3,036 recorded offences, the CSO figures show.

The total for recorded harassment and related offences fell by 21.3 per cent, from 1,865 to 1,467. Other assault offences fell by 8.3 per cent to 9,473.

The CSO noted additional falls in crimes classified as dangerous or negligent acts (-15.5 per cent) and in attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences (-8.7 per cent).