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CSO statistical release, 31 March 2014, 11am

Recorded Crime

Quarter 4 2013

Recorded crime incidents classified by offence group, annualised total1, Q4 2012 and 2013
      
  Annualised total to Q4
ICCSq offence group20122013Change% Change
      
01Homicide offences7980+1+1.3
02Sexual offences2,1172,047-70-3.3
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences15,71014,336-1,374-8.7
04Dangerous or negligent acts9,0517,652-1,399-15.5
05Kidnapping and related offences101119+18+17.8
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences2,8172,812-5-0.2
07Burglary and related offences28,13226,115-2,017-7.2
08Theft and related offences76,40278,954+2,552+3.3
09Fraud, deception and related offences5,7914,985-806-13.9
10Controlled drug offences16,45215,405-1,047-6.4
11Weapons and explosives offences3,0382,738-300-9.9
12Damage to property and to the environment32,42828,946-3,482-10.7
13Public order and other social code offences43,86236,379-7,483-17.1
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime9,4458,740-705-7.5
1 The annualised figure for a given quarter is the total number of crimes recorded in the 12 months prior to end of that quarter.

Falls continue in most offence groups, rise in Kidnappings, Theft and Homicide

Percentage change between annualised total to Q4, 2012 and 2013 for selected offence groups

Between 2012 and 2013, Group 09 Fraud, deception and related offences fell by 13.9%, while Group 07 Burglary and related offences fell by 7.2%.  

Additional falls were observed in groups including Group 04 Dangerous or negligent acts (-15.5%) and Group 03 Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences (-8.7%).

The increase in Group 05 Kidnapping and related offences was driven by a rise in False Imprisonment and Abduction of person under 16 years of age offences.  Similarly, the 3.3% rise in Group 08 Theft and related offences was due to a rise in most theft sub-groups.  See table 1.1 and figure 1.

Group 01 Homicide Offences

In 2013, there were 55 recorded Murder and Manslaughter offences, a decrease of 5 on 2012.  However, Dangerous driving leading to death offences rose from 19 to 25 in the same period.

 

Group 02 Sexual Offences

In 2013, the number of offences recorded in this group had fallen to 2,047 (-3.3%) from 2,117 in 2012. Decreases were observed for most sub-groups in this category, while Sexual assault (not aggravated) offences increased by 4.0% over the period.

 

Group 03 Attempts or Threats to Murder, Assaults, Harassments and Related Offences

Assault causing harm, poisoning offences fell by 6.0% to 3,036 recorded offences in 2013, while the annual total for recorded Harassment and related offences fell by 21.3%, from 1,865 to 1,467 over the same period. Other Assault offences fell by 8.3% to 9,473.

 

Group 04 Dangerous or Negligent Acts

Recorded Dangerous or negligent acts offences decreased by 15.5% to 7,652 in 2013 when compared to 2012.  As in previous periods, most recorded offences in this group related to Driving/In charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit, which decreased from 8,254 to 6,927 (-16.1%).

 

Group 05 Kidnapping and Related Offences

The annual total for Kidnapping and related offences rose by 17.8% to 119 in 2013.  This was driven by a rise of 16.4% in the number of False imprisonment offences, from 67 to 78 and a rise of 9 in the number of recorded Abduction of person under 16 years of age offences.

 

Group 06 Robbery, Extortion and Hijacking Offences

Group 06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences fell slightly by 0.2% in 2013.  However, Robbery from the person offences rose by 4.8% to 1,691.  Falls were seen in Robbery of an establishment or institution (-2.5%) offences and Robbery of cash or goods in transit offences which fell from 49 to 39 over the same period.

 

Group 07 Burglary and Related Offences

There were 26,115 recorded Burglary and related offences in 2013, representing a decrease of 2,017 (-7.2%) from 2012.  Comparing the same periods, Aggravated burglary offences rose by 4.2% while recorded Burglary (not aggravated) offences decreased by 7.2% to 25,136.  Possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand) offences decreased by 9.0% to 684.

 

Group 08 Theft and Related Offences

In 2013 Group 08 Theft and related offences rose by 3.3% to 78,954.  When considering the subgroups, recorded Theft from person offences increased by 29.6% to 6,525 and Theft from shop rose 5.2% to 20,602.

 

Group 09 Fraud, Deception and Related Offences

There were 4,985 recorded Fraud, deception and related offences in 2013.  This was a decrease of 806 (-13.9%) on the corresponding total in 2012.

 

Group 10 Controlled Drug Offences

In 2013, there were 15,405 recorded Controlled drug offences, a decrease of over 6% on 2012.  Most of these recorded offences were for Possession of drugs for personal use, which showed a decrease of 5.2% to 11,212.

 

Group 11 Weapons and Explosives Offences

There were 2,738 Group 11 Weapons and explosives offences in 2013, a decrease of almost 10% on 2012. Over this period, Possession of a firearm offences fell from 249 to 196 (-21.3%).  Offensive weapons offences (nec) fell from 2,302 to 2,175 over the same period, a decrease of 5.5%.

 

Group 12 Damage to Property and to the Environment

Recorded Arson offences decreased to 1,952 (-9.4%) in 2013.  The vast majority of offences recorded in this group were for Criminal damage (not arson) which decreased by 10.7% to 26,782.

 

Group 13 Public Order and Other Social Code Offences

Recorded Public order and other social code offences fell by 17.1% to 36,379 in 2013.  The most frequently occurring offences in this group were under Disorderly conduct, which fell from 37,359 to 30,789 in this period.  This is equivalent to approximately 84 Disorderly conduct offences a day in 2013.

 

Group 15 Offences against Government, Justice Procedures and Organisation of Crime

There were 8,740 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime recorded in 2013, a decrease of 7.5% when compared with 2012.

Table 1 Recorded crime incidents classified by offence group and annualised total1, Q4 2012 and 2013
       
ICCSq offence groupAnnualised total to Q4
   20122013Change% Change
      
01Homicide offences7980+1+1.3
01a Murder5351-2-3.8
 01bManslaughter74-3-42.9
01cInfanticide000.
01d Dangerous driving leading to death1925+6+31.6
       
02Sexual offences2,1172,047-70-3.3
 02aRape of a male or female519466-53-10.2
 02bDefilement of a boy or girl less than 17 years old13790-47-34.3
 02cSexual offence involving mentally impaired person2511-14-56.0
 02dAggravated sexual assault78+1+14.3
 02e Sexual assault (not aggravated)1,2901,342+52+4.0
 02f Other sexual offences139130-9-6.5
       
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences15,71014,336-1,374-8.7
 03aMurder-attempt712+5+71.4
 03bMurder-threat272348+76+27.9
 03c Assault causing harm, poisoning3,2313,036-195-6.0
 03d Other assault10,3359,473-862-8.3
 03e Harassment and related offences1,8651,467-398-21.3
       
04Dangerous or negligent acts9,0517,652-1,399-15.5
 04a Dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm512+7+140.0
 04b Driving/In charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit8,2546,927-1,327-16.1
 04c Driving/In charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs290256-34-11.7
 04fEndangerment with potential for serious harm or death6766-1-1.5
 04gAbandoning a child, child neglect and cruelty228223-5-2.2
 04hUnseaworthy/dangerous use of boat or ship42-2-50.0
 04i False alarm/interference with aircraft or air transport facilities84-4-50.0
 04j Endangering traffic offences195162-33-16.9
       
05Kidnapping and related offences101119+18+17.8
 05aFalse imprisonment6778+11+16.4
 05b Abduction of person under 16 years of age1827+9+50.0
 05c Human trafficking offences1614-2-12.5
       
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences2,8172,812-5-0.2
 06a Robbery of an establishment or institution1,016991-25-2.5
06b Robbery of cash or goods in transit4939-10-20.4
 06c Robbery from the person1,6141,691+77+4.8
 06d Blackmail or extortion4025-15-37.5
 06e Carjacking, hijacking/unlawful seizure of aircraft/vessel9866-32-32.7
      
07Burglary and related offences28,13226,115-2,017-7.2
07a Aggravated burglary283295+12+4.2
07bBurglary (not aggravated)27,09725,136-1,961-7.2
 07cPossession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand)752684-68-9.0
       
08Theft and related offences76,40278,954+2,552+3.3
08a Theft/Taking of vehicle and related offences8,4487,473-975-11.5
08b Theft from person5,0366,525+1,489+29.6
08c Theft from shop19,58420,602+1,018+5.2
08d Other thefts, handling stolen property43,33444,354+1,020+2.4
    
09Fraud, deception and related offences5,7914,985-806-13.9
09aFraud, deception and related offences5,7914,985-806-13.9
    
10Controlled drug offences16,45215,405-1,047-6.4
 10a Importation of drugs3044+14+46.7
10bCultivation or manufacture of drugs517390-127-24.6
 10c Possession of drugs for sale or supply3,5033,272-231-6.6
 10d Possession of drugs for personal use11,82311,212-611-5.2
10e Other drug offences579487-92-15.9
      
11Weapons and explosives offences3,0382,738-300-9.9
11aExplosives, chemical weapons offences9059-31-34.4
11bDischarging a firearm144161+17+11.8
11cPossession of a firearm249196-53-21.3
11dOffensive weapons offences (nec)2,3022,175-127-5.5
11e Fireworks offences253147-106-41.9
    
12Damage to property and to the environment32,42828,946-3,482-10.7
 12aArson2,1551,952-203-9.4
 12bCriminal damage (not arson)29,99126,782-3,209-10.7
12c Litter offences282212-70-24.8
      
13Public order and other social code offences43,86236,379-7,483-17.1
13a Disorderly conduct37,35930,789-6,570-17.6
 13b Trespass offences3,3352,947-388-11.6
 13c Liquor licensing offences1,9191,364-555-28.9
 13d Prostitution offences148120-28-18.9
 13e Regulated betting or money, collection or trading offences294325+31+10.5
 13fOther social code offences (nec)807834+27+3.3
       
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime9,4458,740-705-7.5
 15aOffences against government and its agents (nec)284273-11-3.9
 15bOrganisation of crime and conspiracy to commit crime64-2-33.3
 15c Perverting the course of justice10163-38-37.6
 15d Offences while in custody, breach of court orders9,0548,400-654-7.2
1 The annualised figure for a given quarter is the total number of crimes recorded in the 12 months prior to end of that quarter.
Table 2.1 Recorded crime incidents classified by offence group, Q1 2010 to Q4 2011         
              
ICCSq offence group2010 2011
Q1Q2Q3Q4Total Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
              
01Homicide offences2723192089 241816866
 01a Murder1612111453 131211642
 01b Manslaughter21205 20013
 01cInfanticide00000 00000
 01d Dangerous driving leading to death9106631 965121
              
02Sexual offences6886586303902,366 5824765404162,014
 02a Rape of a male or female122116135105478 140103116104463
 02bDefilement of a boy or girl less than 17 years old45484222157 49462627148
 02cSexual offence involving mentally impaired person444416 163313
 02d Aggravated sexual assault40217 231410
 02e Sexual assault (not aggravated)4804383872261,531 3502583552421,205
 02f Other sexual offences33526032177 40603936175
              
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences4,2694,6084,6424,18417,703 4,3794,3684,3074,00817,062
 03aMurder-attempt11226 22127
 03bMurder-threat851109076361 1081048993394
 03c Assault causing harm, poisoning9009449978723,713 9358959108443,584
 03dOther assault2,6362,9832,9472,75911,325 2,7772,8882,8412,61911,125
 03e Harassment and related offences6475706064752,298 5574794664501,952
              
04Dangerous or negligent acts3,0793,2573,0352,72212,093 2,6202,4282,5152,3839,946
 04a Dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm663318 535013
 04bDriving/In charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit2,6342,8832,7372,42810,682 2,3462,1982,2672,1798,990
 04cDriving/In charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs172156135139602 13112510479439
 04fEndangerment with potential for serious harm/death1012201254 17293321100
 04g Abandoning a child, child neglect and cruelty1881496553455 66354550196
 04hUnseaworthy/dangerous use of boat or ship01809 13004
 04iFalse alarm/interference with aircraft or air transport facilities12306 00415
 04jEndangering traffic offences68486487267 54355753199
              
05Kidnapping and related offences33442829134 28213327109
 05a False imprisonment2226152184 1815222176
 05b Abduction of person under 16 years of age545620 335314
 05c Human trafficking offences6148230 736319
              
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences8337657188803,196 8086527097622,931
06aRobbery of an establishment or institution3282381893301,085 3002252453031,073
06b Robbery of cash or goods in transit565521 99101139
06cRobbery from the person4664834925041,945 4573924334141,696
 06d Blackmail or extortion565723 8231023
 06eCarjacking, hijacking/unlawful seizure of aircraft/vessel29322734122 34241824100
              
07Burglary and related offences6,1586,2506,0496,96325,420 6,7446,2526,6488,05127,695
07aAggravated burglary88727994333 97817682336
07b Burglary (not aggravated)5,9846,0355,8316,72824,578 6,5056,0186,4097,79226,724
 07cPossession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand)86143139141509 142153163177635
              
08Theft and related offences18,35020,04920,02818,40076,827 19,56819,08719,72918,59176,975
08aTheft/Taking of vehicle and related offences2,8972,8852,7932,83511,410 3,0392,5952,4832,27610,393
08bTheft from person7497506906822,871 8577611,0061,0603,684
08c Theft from shop5,0065,5575,2805,04920,892 4,6864,9165,2615,12619,989
08d Other thefts, handling stolen property9,69810,85711,2659,83441,654 10,98610,81510,97910,12942,909
            
09Fraud, deception and related offences1,3241,2561,2451,1634,988 1,5651,2101,3271,2685,370
09aFraud, deception and related offences1,3241,2561,2451,1634,988 1,5651,2101,3271,2685,370
            
10Controlled drug offences4,7355,4835,6064,18120,005 4,2234,5084,9634,00117,695
 10aImportation of drugs959629 11129941
10b Cultivation or manufacture of drugs65129194150538 102154188136580
 10c Possession of drugs for sale or supply1,0471,0281,1589264,159 1,0099331,0089243,874
 10dPossession of drugs for personal use3,4444,1034,0412,93514,523 2,9833,2643,6092,81812,674
10eOther drug offences170218204164756 118145149114526
              
11Weapons and explosives offences8771,0269471,2494,099 8857928619453,483
11a Explosives, chemical weapons offences91371241 2025141978
11b Discharging a firearm49473744177 53373934163
11c Possession of a firearm1049092129415 90746565294
11dOffensive weapons offences (nec)6988697637103,040 7116486995702,628
11e Fireworks offences17748354426 11844257320
            
12Damage to property and to the environment9,63410,0889,7879,86039,369 9,5078,8298,5148,72435,574
 12a Arson5466936407092,588 5685835855892,325
 12b Criminal damage (not arson)9,0289,3199,1029,11436,563 8,8708,1887,8788,10033,036
12cLitter offences60764537218 69585135213
13Public order and other social code offences12,48214,38814,65113,42054,941 12,83912,07412,65211,49549,060
13aDisorderly conduct10,70112,26612,69311,68647,346 11,08910,33510,8989,81542,137
 13bTrespass offences8001,1381,0288203,786 9209719547353,580
 13c Liquor licensing offences7837506686252,826 6185865925452,341
 13d Prostitution offences24525772205 79444659228
 13e Regulated betting/money collection/trading offences11586110118429 68638385299
 13fOther social code offences (nec)59969599349 657579256475
              
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime2,9803,0322,6982,68811,398 2,8262,5562,3792,41210,173
 15a Offences against government and its agents (nec)981178862365 12311911886446
 15bOrganisation of crime and conspiracy to commit crime534618 4411322
 15cPerverting the course of justice2712263095 2618212186
 15d Offences while in custody, breach of court orders2,8502,9002,5802,59010,920 2,6732,4152,2392,2929,619
Table 2.2 Recorded crime incidents by offence group, Q1 2012 to Q4 2013  
     
ICCSq offence group2012 2013  
Q1Q2Q3Q4Total Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
            
01Homicide offences2617221479 1824241480
 01a Murder191015953 1011181251
 01b Manslaughter31127 01124
 01cInfanticide00000 00000
 01d Dangerous driving leading to death466319 8125025
              
02Sexual offences6455244724762,117 5875294684632,047
 02a Rape of a male or female155126111127519 150106106104466
 02bDefilement of a boy or girl less than 17 years old49302830137 2820261690
 02cSexual offence involving mentally impaired person12111125 413311
 02d Aggravated sexual assault23207 11428
 02e Sexual assault (not aggravated)3883182912931,290 3653672993111,342
 02f Other sexual offences39363925139 39343027130
              
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences4,0693,9153,9643,76215,710 3,5113,6393,7163,47014,336
 03aMurder-attempt51107 424212
 03bMurder-threat91536860272 828910176348
 03c Assault causing harm, poisoning8397878547513,231 7647597737403,036
 03dOther assault2,6082,5692,6102,54810,335 2,2712,4112,4792,3129,473
 03e Harassment and related offences5265054314031,865 3903783593401,467
              
04Dangerous or negligent acts2,3732,3502,1712,1579,051 1,8751,9811,9041,8927,652
 04a Dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm22105 524112
 04bDriving/In charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit2,1452,1451,9861,9788,254 1,6691,7801,7281,7506,927
 04cDriving/In charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs84796463290 60826252256
 04fEndangerment with potential for serious harm/death1917131867 1513231566
 04g Abandoning a child, child neglect and cruelty74545941228 80584045223
 04hUnseaworthy/dangerous use of boat or ship01214 01102
 04iFalse alarm/interference with aircraft or air transport facilities23308 21014
 04jEndangering traffic offences47494356195 44444628162
              
05Kidnapping and related offences22302227101 32193830119
 05a False imprisonment1120162067 2512251678
 05b Abduction of person under 16 years of age654318 4581027
 05c Human trafficking offences552416 325414
              
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences7896486617192,817 7716236038152,812
06aRobbery of an establishment or institution3392302102371,016 299221178293991
06b Robbery of cash or goods in transit171651149 711111039
 06cRobbery from the person4013714174251,614 4393753904871,691
 06d Blackmail or extortion61161740 749525
 06eCarjacking, hijacking/unlawful seizure of aircraft/vessel2620232998 1912152066
             
07Burglary and related offences8,0636,0826,7447,24328,132 6,6085,8466,3367,32526,115
07aAggravated burglary76518076283 65718574295
07b Burglary (not aggravated)7,8175,8196,5076,95427,097 6,3785,6036,0777,07825,136
 07cPossession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand)170212157213752 165172174173684
              
08Theft and related offences18,89219,18319,19619,13176,402 18,71919,91520,85319,46778,954
08aTheft/Taking of vehicle and related offences2,2652,0512,1331,9998,448 2,0521,8461,7521,8237,473
08bTheft from person1,0611,1701,3291,4765,036 1,4351,4721,7181,9006,525
08c Theft from shop4,6394,9474,8625,13619,584 4,8125,3405,4105,04020,602
08d Other thefts, handling stolen property10,92711,01510,87210,52043,334 10,42011,25711,97310,70444,354
            
09Fraud, deception and related offences1,7171,3661,4281,2805,791 1,1871,2441,1451,4094,985
09aFraud, deception and related offences1,7171,3661,4281,2805,791 1,1871,2441,1451,4094,985
            
10Controlled drug offences4,2864,3654,0643,73716,452 3,3444,2594,4003,40215,405
 10aImportation of drugs8126430 15713944
10b Cultivation or manufacture of drugs108139147123517 7211711982390
 10c Possession of drugs for sale or supply1,0028907928193,503 8198827827893,272
 10dPossession of drugs for personal use3,0223,1692,9672,66511,823 2,3353,0923,3592,42611,212
 10eOther drug offences146155152126579 10316112796487
              
11Weapons and explosives offences7577416928483,038 6227006817352,738
11a Explosives, chemical weapons offences1728182790 2014131259
11b Discharging a firearm38383038144 39343850161
11c Possession of a firearm67546662249 55574242196
11dOffensive weapons offences (nec)6276135365262,302 5005935675152,175
11e Fireworks offences8842195253 8221116147
            
12Damage to property and to the environment8,6857,9037,8877,95332,428 7,3577,3356,9477,30728,946
 12a Arson5165685425292,155 4154855375151,952
 12b Criminal damage (not arson)8,0907,2567,2697,37629,991 6,8966,8006,3506,73626,782
12cLitter offences79797648282 46506056212
           
13Public order and other social code offences11,03211,03911,43810,35343,862 8,5989,1729,8478,76236,379
13aDisorderly conduct9,4129,3289,7898,83037,359 7,3127,8378,2437,39730,789
 13bTrespass offences8429308736903,335 6817268446962,947
 13c Liquor licensing offences4984885004331,919 3413284002951,364
 13d Prostitution offences41463130148 26293035120
 13e Regulated betting/money collection/trading offences58797879294 479010286325
 13fOther social code offences (nec)181168167291807 191162228253834
              
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime2,6902,4222,1972,1369,445 2,1812,3262,2032,0308,740
 15a Offences against government and its agents (nec)75576092284 67776564273
 15bOrganisation of crime and conspiracy to commit crime04206 12104
 15cPerverting the course of justice37163315101 2015151363
 15d Offences while in custody, breach of court orders2,5782,3452,1022,0299,054 2,0932,2322,1221,9538,400
Table 3 Recorded crime incidents classified by offence group, Garda region and annualised total1 Q4, 2012 and 2013
         
Garda region 
ICCSq offence groupNorthern Western SouthernEastern South Eastern Dublin MetropolitanState
         
Annualised total to Q4 2013
01Homicide offences111415982380
02Sexual offences2222123543223066312,047
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences1,9011,6482,8262,1921,7104,05914,336
04Dangerous or negligent acts9531,0151,5931,1791,0501,8627,652
05Kidnapping and related offences221121111242119
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences121902742621421,9232,812
07Burglary and related offences2,2412,0422,8824,8643,71910,36726,115
08Theft and related Offences5,0385,37610,87410,9477,04039,67978,954
09Fraud, deception and related offences4465156857714162,1524,985
10Controlled drug offences9001,2472,8032,3311,6236,50115,405
11Weapons and explosives offences2431824643292951,2252,738
12Damage to property and to the environment2,8892,3874,8774,2443,08411,46528,946
13Public order and other social code offences3,8804,1948,7244,1264,71010,74536,379
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime5106241,7137935834,5178,740
         
Annualised total to Q4 2012       
01Homicide offences971510152379
02Sexual offences2902324233012795922,117
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences2,1461,8083,0512,4571,9374,31115,710
04Dangerous or negligent acts1,1671,0441,7831,3291,2922,4369,051
05Kidnapping and related offences6711151448101
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences158642232421821,9482,817
07Burglary and related offences2,4742,3743,0945,6763,59410,92028,132
08Theft and related Offences5,0155,51210,55910,3277,26037,72976,402
09Fraud, deception and related offences5675717087614912,6935,791
10Controlled drug offences1,1631,1202,9652,1381,8097,25716,452
11Weapons and explosives offences2061965353763091,4163,038
12Damage to property and to the environment3,1612,6675,3664,6443,43113,15932,428
13Public order and other social code offences4,8345,19110,5434,7485,42613,12043,862
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime5176641,2369786875,3639,445
  
Annualised total change to Q4 2013       
01Homicide offences+2+70-1-70+1
02Sexual offences-68-20-69+21+27+39-70
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences-245-160-225-265-227-252-1,374
04Dangerous or negligent acts-214-29-190-150-242-574-1,399
05Kidnapping and related offences+16+4+10-4-2-6+18
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences-37+26+51+20-40-25-5
07Burglary and related offences-233-332-212-812+125-553-2,017
08Theft and related Offences+23-136+315+620-220+1,950+2,552
09Fraud, deception and related offences-121-56-23+10-75-541-806
10Controlled drug offences-263+127-162+193-186-756-1,047
11Weapons and explosives offences+37-14-71-47-14-191-300
12Damage to property and to the environment-272-280-489-400-347-1,694-3,482
13Public order and other social code offences-954-997-1,819-622-716-2,375-7,483
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime-7-40+477-185-104-846-705
1 The annualised figure for a given quarter is the total number of crimes recorded in the 12 months prior to end of that quarter.

Background Notes

Introduction

The Crime Incidents, Quarter 4, 2013 release provides provisional figures for the number of offences recorded by An Garda Síochána, based on the Irish Crime Classification System (ICCS) but excluding elements of Group 4  (Dangerous or Negligent Acts), and all of Groups 14 (Road and Traffic Offences (Not Elsewhere Classified or nec))  and 16 (Offences Not Elsewhere Classified). Figures are provided from Quarter 1, 2010 to Quarter 4, 2013. The information supplied in this report refers only to crime incidents known to An Garda Síochána and recorded as such in the Garda PULSE (Police Using Leading Systems Effectively) system.  Because of timing issues with respect to the extraction of data, figures may be revised subsequent to this publication.

 

Crime recording

Incidents reported or which become known to members of An Garda Síochána are recorded when, on the balance of probability, a Garda determines that a criminal offence defined by law has taken place, and there is no credible evidence to the contrary. If it is subsequently determined that a criminal offence did not take place, the criminal offence recorded is invalidated and is not counted in the statistics. If a person makes a report and subsequently withdraws it by stating that the criminal act did not take place, then this too is invalidated unless there is evidence to suggest that, by reasonable probability, the offence has taken place. For criminal offences where victim confirmation is required (e.g. assault, fraud), a criminal offence is recorded only where the victim confirms the offence or where there is evidence to suggest that by reasonable probability it occurred. Another important feature of a recorded offence is that it is based on the date reported to, or that it became known to, the Gardaí. This has major implications for some offence types. Notable amongst these are sexual offences, as it has often been the case that such incidents have been reported to An Garda Síochána many years (sometimes decades) after the event(s). Thus a sexual assault, which occurred in 1960, would be included in the statistics for 2008 if it was first reported in that year.

 

Crime Classification

A criminal offence is classified as a particular offence type at the initial recording of that offence. However, upon investigation, it may later become apparent that an alternative offence type should be used. In this event, the record is amended to reflect this. Re-classification on the basis of court proceedings only occurs in relation to homicide offences. A murder offence is reclassified as manslaughter when a charge of manslaughter commences or when a murder charge results in a conviction for manslaughter. It is also possible, though more rare, that an incident originally classified as manslaughter may be re-classified as murder. Also, a re-classification to a homicide offence occurs when, for example, a serious assault has been recorded and, some time later, the victim dies as a consequence of the assault.

 

General Counting Rules

Crime counting rules are applied to all criminal offences for the purposes of the statistics. The following are the main rules relevant to the quarterly figures:

 

Primary Offence Rule: Where two or more criminal offences are disclosed in a single episode, it is the primary criminal offence that is counted. The primary offence is that offence which the greater penalty may apply. Where offences have similar penalties, offences against the person take precedence over offences against property for the purpose of determining the primary offence.

 

One Offence Counts Per Victim: One offence counts per victim involved with the exceptions of cheque/credit card fraud and burglary. Under certain circumstances, the cheque/credit card exception necessitates that a series of these offences counts as one crime where the originating bank ultimately suffers the loss. The burglary exception dictates that one burglary offence is counted where property belonging to two or more victims is stolen (or damaged) during a single burglary.

 

Continuous Series Involving the Same Victim and Same Offender: A continuous series of offences against the same victim involving the same offender counts as one offence

 

ICCSq Offence Groups

 

 

01 Homicide offences 01a  Murder    Murder
  01b  Manslaughter Manslaughter
  01c  Infanticide Infanticide
  01d  Dangerous driving leading to death Manslaughter (traffic fatality)
    Dangerous driving causing death
     
02 Sexual offences 02a  Rape of a male or female Rape of a male or female
    Rape Section 4 
 

02b Defilement of a boy or girl less than 17 years old

Unlawful carnal Knowledge/Criminal law (Sexual Offences Act) 2006
  02c  Sexual offence involving mentally impaired person Sexual offence involving mentally  impaired person
  02d  Aggravated sexual assault Aggravated sexual assault
  02e  Sexual assault (not aggravated) Sexual assault
  02f  Other sexual offences Incest
    Child pornography offences
    Child pornography – obstruction of warrant
    Gross indecency
     

03 Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences

03a  Murder-attempt Murder-attempt
  03b  Murder-threat Murder-threat
  03c  Assault causing harm, poisoning Assault causing harm
    Poisoning
  03d  Other assault Assault or obstruction of Garda/official, resisting arrest
    Minor assault
  03e  Harassment and related offences Coercion
    Harassment, stalking, threats
    Demanding payment of debt causing alarm
    Housing Act
    Menacing phone calls
    Incitement to hatred offences
     
04 Dangerous or negligent acts 04a  Dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm Dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm
  04b  Driving/In charge of a vehicle while over legal alcohol limit Driving/In charge of a vehicle while over  legal alcohol limit
  04c  Driving/In charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs Driving/In charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs
  04f  Endangerment with potential for serious harm or death Endangerment with potential for serious harm or death
  04g  Abandoning a child, child neglect and cruelty Abandoning a child, child neglect and cruelty
  04h  Unseaworthy/dangerous use of boat or ship Unseaworthy/dangerous use of boat or ship
  04i  False alarm/interference with aircraft or air transport facilities False alarm/interference with aircraft or air transport facilities
  04j  Endangering traffic offences Endangering traffic offences
     
05 Kidnapping and related offences  05a  False imprisonment False imprisonment 
  05b  Abduction of person under 16 years of age Abduction of person under 16 years of age
  05c  Human trafficking offences Human trafficking offences
     
06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 06a  Robbery of an establishment or institution Robbery of an establishment or institution
  06b  Robbery of cash or goods in transit Robbery of cash or goods in transit
  06c  Robbery from the person Robbery from the person
  06d  Blackmail or extortion Blackmail or extortion
  06e  Carjacking, hijacking/unlawful seizure of aircraft/vessel Carjacking, hijacking/unlawful seizure of aircraft/vessel
     
07 Burglary and related offences 07a  Aggravated burglary Aggravated burglary
  07b  Burglary (not aggravated) Burglary (not aggravated)
  07c  Possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand) Possession of an article (with intent to burgle, steal, demand)
     
08 Theft and related offences 08a  Theft/Taking of vehicle and related offences Theft/Unauthorised taking of vehicle
    Interfering with vehicle (with intent to steal item or vehicle)
  08b  Theft from person Theft from person
  08c  Theft from shop Theft from shop 
  08d  Other thefts, handling stolen property  Theft from vehicle
    Theft/Unauthorised taking of a pedal cycle
   

Theft of, or interference with, mail Handling or possession of stolen property

Theft of other property

     
09 Fraud, deception and related offences 09a  Fraud, deception and related offences Fraud, deception, false pretence offences
    Forging an instrument to defraud
    Possession of an article for use in fraud, deception or extortion
    Falsification of accounts
    Offences under the Companies Act
    Offences under the Investment Intermediaries Act
    Offences under the Stock Exchange Act
    Money laundering
    Embezzlement
    Fraud against the European Union
    Importation/Sale/Supply of tobacco
    Counterfeiting notes and coins
    Counterfeiting of goods
    Bad debts criminal (Debtors Ireland)
    Corruption (involving public office holder)
     
10 Controlled drug offences  10a  Importation of drugs Importation of drugs
  10b  Cultivation or manufacture of drugs  Cultivation or manufacture of drugs
  10c  Possession of drugs for sale or supply Possession of drugs for sale or supply 
  10d  Possession of drugs for personal use Possession of drugs for personal use
  10e  Other drug offences Forged or altered prescription offences obstruction under the Drugs Act
     
11 Weapons and explosives offences 11a  Explosives, chemical weapons offences Causing an explosion
    Making of explosives
    Possession of explosives 
    Chemical weapons offences 
  11b  Discharging a firearm Discharging a firearm
  11c  Possession of a firearm Possession of a firearm
  11d  Offensive weapons offences (nec) Possession of offensive weapons (not firearms)
  11e  Fireworks offences Fireworks offences (for sale, igniting etc.)
     
12 Damage to property and to the environment 12a  Arson Arson
  12b  Criminal damage (not arson) Criminal damage (not arson) 
  12c  Litter offences  Litter offences 
     
13 Public order and other social code offences 13a  Disorderly conduct Affray/Riot/Violent disorder
    Public order offences 
    Drunkenness offences
    Air rage-disruptive or drunken behaviour on aircraft
  13b Trespass offences

Forcible entry and occupation (not burglary)

    Trespass on lands or enclosed areas
  13c  Liquor licensing offences Liquor licensing offences
    Registered clubs offences
    Special restaurant offences
    Provision of intoxicating liquor to under 18 year olds
    Purchase or consumption of alcohol by under 18 year olds
    Sale of intoxicating liquor to under 18 year olds
     
  13d Prostitution offences Brothel keeping
    Organisation of prostitution
    Prostitution, including soliciting etc.
  13e  Regulated betting or money, collection or trading offences Offences under the Betting Acts
    Collecting money without permit, unauthorised collection
    Offences under Gaming and Lotteries Acts
    Permit/License offences for casual/street trading
  13f  Other social code offences (nec) Allowing a child (under 16 years) to beg
    Bigamy
    Bestiality
    Indecency
   

Begging

     
15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime 15a  Offences against government and its agents (nec) Treason
    Breaches of Offences Against the State
    Acts
    Breaches of Official Secrets Act
    Impersonating member of An Garda
    Síochána
    Electoral offences including personation
    Public mischief-annoying phone calls,
    wasting police time
    Criminal Assets Bureau offences
    Non compliance with Garda direction
     
  15b  Organisation of crime and conspiracy to commit crime Criminal organisation offences
    (organised crime)
    Conspiracy to commit a crime
  15c  Perverting the course of justice Perjury
    Interfering with a jury (embracery)
    Assisting offenders
    Public mischief, pervert course of justice, conceal offence
  15d  Offences while in custody, breach of court orders Escape or help to escape from custody
    Prison offences
    Breach of Domestic Violence Order (protection, safety, barring)
    Breach of order under Family Law Act
    Breach of bail
    Failure to comply under Sex Offenders
    Act
    Other failure to comply with court order jury summons, warrant etc.

 

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