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Press Statement

Preasr√°iteas

27 June 2018

Recorded Crime Q1 2018 - Statistics Under Reservation

Increases in most crime groups in the year to Q1 2018
  • Fraud and robbery incidents show the largest increase, up 15.9% each
  • Recorded Crime statistics remain categorised as Statistics Under Reservation
  • Go to release: Recorded Crime Q1 2018

    The Central Statistics Office has today (27 June 2018) published the latest Recorded Crime statistics. 

    Recorded Crime Q1 2018 is the second quarterly release following the decision to resume publication of crime statistics using the category of Statistics Under Reservation. This category was introduced to highlight concerns regarding the quality of underlying data from An Garda Síochána’s PULSE database, and to inform users that revisions to the statistics can be expected as work is undertaken to resolve data quality issues.

    The statistics show an increase in the number of recorded incidents across most crime groups for the year to Q1 2018. The greatest increases were in the Fraud and Robbery crime groups, both up by 15.9%. The number of recorded homicides fell in the period, down 17.2%.

    Commenting on the latest Recorded Crime statistics, Sam Scriven, Statistician said: “In March the CSO resumed publication of Recorded Crime statistics – statistics based on the records of crime incidents recorded by An Garda Síochána – using the category of Statistics Under Reservation to provide the best available measure of police-recorded crime in Ireland while informing users of their concerns regarding the quality of the underlying data.

    The categorisation of Recorded Crime statistics as Statistics Under Reservation will remain in place until the CSO is satisfied that the level of accuracy and completeness of the underlying data is of sufficient quality.

    The CSO is engaging with An Garda Síochána to set out the criteria for lifting the reservation. These criteria will not be confined to homicide data but will address quality concerns across a broad range of issues relating to the recording and classification of crime.”

    For further information:
    Statistics Under Reservation FAQs

    For further information contact:

    Sam Scriven (+353) 21 453 5276 or Olive Loughnane (+353) 21 453 5281

    or email crime@cso.ie

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