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Recorded Crime Q1 2018

    These statistics are categorised as Under Reservation. This categorisation indicates that the quality of these statistics do not meet the standards required of official statistics published by the CSO.

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Increase in recorded incidents across most crime types

This is a revised version of the original release published on 27/06/2018. Revisions were necessary as a result of a processing error that occurred for two offence groups: Sexual offences (Group 02) and Fraud, deception and related offences (Group 09) for the year ending Q1 2018. The number of sexual offences for the year ending Q1 2018 has been corrected down to 2,918 (from 3,026) and fraud offences to 5,925 (from 6,036). This has reduced the year on year increase for sexual offences from 14.7% to 10.6%, and for fraud offences from 15.9% to 13.8%. No other offence group is affected by the error. These revisions have been applied to the relevant Statbank tables.

There was an increase of 15.9% in the number of Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences (Group 06) recorded in the year to Q1 2018 compared with the same period to Q1 2017, an increase of 318 incidents. Fraud, deception and related offences (Group 09) rose by 13.8% over the same period, while Sexual offences (Group 02) rose by 10.6% from 2,638 to 2,918 incidents. There was also an increase of 13.5% (from 16,856 offences to 19,137) in Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences (Group 03). See table 1.1.

There was a fall of 15 incidents in Homicide Offences (Group 01) in the annualised figures to Q1 2018. It is likely that this figure will be subject to revision as it is sometimes the case that fatal road traffic incidents lead to crime incidents of Dangerous Driving Leading to Death as investigations progress.

When looking at annual changes to the data it is useful to look at trends over time. This information is available in table 3.2 and figures 3.1 and 3.2 of the additional statistical tables

Table 1.1: Recorded crime incidents1 classified by offence group and annualised2 total to Q1 2017 and 2018
     
 Annualised total to Q1
ICCSq offence group20172018Change% Change
     
01 Homicide offences8772-15-17.2
02 Sexual offences2,6382,918+280+10.6
03 Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences16,85619,137+2,281+13.5
04 Dangerous or negligent acts7,8128,257+445+5.7
05 Kidnapping and related offences112130+18+16.1
06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences2,0002,318+318+15.9
07 Burglary and related offences18,35718,576+219+1.2
08 Theft and related offences64,42369,638+5,215+8.1
09 Fraud, deception and related offences5,2085,925+717+13.8
10 Controlled drug offences16,27516,626+351+2.2
11 Weapons and explosives offences2,1122,365+253+12.0
12 Damage to property and to the environment22,04623,189+1,143+5.2
13 Public order and other social code offences29,07831,083+2,005+6.9
15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime12,53313,428+895+7.1
1 These statistics are categorised as Under Reservation. This categorisation indicates that the quality of these statistics do not meet the standards required of official statistics published by CSO.
2 The annualised figure for a given quarter is the total number of crimes recorded in the 12 months prior to end of that quarter.
X-axis label 02 Sexual offences 03 Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences 06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 07 Burglary and related offences 08 Theft and related offences 09 Fraud, deception and related offences
% change10.613.515.91.28.113.8

The Statbank Tables are available here

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