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Recorded Crime Q2 2020

    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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Recorded Crime statistics for Q2 2020 begin to show the impact on Recorded Crime levels of measures introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The number of crimes recorded in the category Burglary and related offences fell by 2,180 (-13.1%) to 14,406 in the year to Q2 2020 compared with the previous year. The number of Theft and related offences dropped by 7,655 (-11.3%) while the number of Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences decreased by 235 (-9.8%). See Table 1.1.

The number of crime incidents classified as Controlled drug offences increased by 2,714 incidents (+13.5%) in the year to Q2 2020 relative to the previous year, while the number of Weapons and explosives offences also increased, up 305 (+11.7%).

The number of incidents of Sexual offences fell by 369 (-11.1%) over the 12 months to June compared to the previous year. Homicides and related offences fell by 4, however some care should be taken when interpreting this fall as the more recent figure may rise as investigations into fatal road traffic collisions conclude. The number of incidents of Murder or Manslaughter increased by one over the year. Further breakdown of the data in Table 1.1 is provided in Chapter 3.

It is important to stress that the figures in Table 1.1 reflect the twelve months to the end of June 2020 compared to the corresponding period to the end of June 2019. Supplementary tables are included later in this chapter comparing figures from Q2 2020 alone with the corresponding period in 2019. See Tables 1.2 and 1.3.

Not included in the statistical tables are recorded crime incidents associated with breaches of the Health Act 1947 which, in the period up to June 2020, resulted from the enforcement of movement restrictions relating to COVID-19. During Q2 2020 there were 281 such incidents. The CSO continues to engage with An Garda Síochána regarding the nature of these incidents, with a view to classifying them appropriately in future publications. 

Table 1.1 Recorded crime incidents1 classified by offence group, annualised2 total to Q2 2019 and 2020
 Annualised total to Q2
ICCSq offence group20192020Change% Change
 
01 Homicide and related offences6662-4-6.1
02 Sexual offences3,3252,956-369-11.1
03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences20,93120,419-512-2.4
04 Dangerous or negligent acts8,8028,538-264-3.0
05 Kidnapping and related offences1311461511.5
06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 2,3892,154-235-9.8
07 Burglary and related offences16,58614,406-2,180-13.1
08 Theft and related offences67,94460,289-7,655-11.3
09 Fraud, deception and related offences7,3657,8875227.1
10 Controlled drug offences20,05922,7732,71413.5
11 Weapons and explosives offences2,5982,90330511.7
12 Damage to property and to the environment21,94720,413-1,534-7.0
13 Public order and other social code offences32,66930,846-1,823-5.6
15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime 16,78413,813-2,971-17.7
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.
01 Homicide and related offences02 Sexual offences03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences04 Dangerous or negligent acts05 Kidnapping and related offences06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 07 Burglary and related offences08 Theft and related offences09 Fraud, deception and related offences10 Controlled drug offences11 Weapons and explosives offences15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime
ICCSq offence group-6.1-11.1-2.4-311.5-9.8-13.1-11.37.113.511.7-17.7
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Recorded Crime figures for April to June 2020 were dramatically impacted by the general lockdown and restrictions on movement measures introduced by Government in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

There were 2,025 fewer incidents of Burglary and related offences recorded in Q2 2020 than in Q2 2019, representing a drop of 52.8%. Sharp decreases were also observed in Theft and related offences (down by 38.7%) and for Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences (lower by 29.9%) compared with the equivalent quarter in 2019. See Table 1.2 and Figure 1.2.

The number of Sexual offences recorded in Q2 2020 was 20.5% lower than in Q2 2019, while the number of Attempts/Threats to Murder, assaults, harassments and related offences fell by 15.9%. Criminal damage incidents were lower by 17.5%, while public order incidents were down by 10.8%.

The number of crime incidents classified as Controlled drug offences increased by 658 incidents (+10.5%) in Q2 2020 relative to Q2 2019, while the number of Weapons and explosives offences was also higher by 119 incidents (+16.7%).

Table 1.2 Recorded crime incidents1 classified by offence group, Q2 2019 and Q2 2020
 Quarterly Figures2
ICCSq offence groupQ2 2019Q2 2020Change% Change
 
01 Homicide and related offences1713-4-23.5
02 Sexual offences878698-180-20.5
03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences5,4244,564-860-15.9
04 Dangerous or negligent acts2,2482,078-170-7.6
05 Kidnapping and related offences23331043.5
06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 519364-155-29.9
07 Burglary and related offences3,8351,810-2,025-52.8
08 Theft and related offences17,23810,573-6,665-38.7
09 Fraud, deception and related offences1,9791,843-136-6.9
10 Controlled drug offences6,2456,90365810.5
11 Weapons and explosives offences71283111916.7
12 Damage to property and to the environment5,3904,446-944-17.5
13 Public order and other social code offences8,3487,448-900-10.8
15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime 4,4121,782-2,630-59.6
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 This table presents figures for a given quarter and year on year changes for that quarter.
01 Homicide and related offences02 Sexual offences03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences04 Dangerous or negligent acts05 Kidnapping and related offences06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 07 Burglary and related offences08 Theft and related offences09 Fraud, deception and related offences10 Controlled drug offences11 Weapons and explosives offences15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime
ICCSq offence group-23.5-20.5-15.9-7.643.5-29.9-52.8-38.7-6.910.516.7-59.6
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This section provides additional detail on Group 03 incidents (Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences), as users may be interested in the demographic breakdown of victims of this crime group.  Note that the number of victims highlighted in this section will not match the number of incidents in Table 1.2 above as there may, in limited circumstances, be incidents where no injured party is recorded.

The number of victims of Group 03 incidents (Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences) recorded in Q2 2020 was 989 or 19.2% lower than for the corresponding period in 2019. This fall was mostly accounted for by a reduction in male victims, down 787 (-26%) on Q2 2019. The number of female victims of assault also decreased, but by a smaller figure of 202 (-9.6%). Despite the overall decrease, the number of female victims was higher in age groups 30-44 (up 13, or 1.8%), and 60 or over (up 14, or 18.4%) in Q2 compared to the equivalent period in 2019. See Table 1.3 and Figure 1.3.

Table 1.3 Recorded crime victims1 of Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences (ICSSq offence group 03) by age and sex of victim, Q2 2019 and Q2 2020
 Quarterly2 recorded crime victims of ICSSq offence group 03
Sex/Age of victim2019 Q22020 Q2Change% Change
Victims of ICSSq offence group 035,1424,153-989-19.2
 
Males3,0302,243-787-26.0
of which:
Under 18480306-174-36.3
18-29829510-319-38.5
30-44949781-168-17.7
45-59579461-118-20.4
60 or over193185-8-4.1
 
Females2,1121,910-202-9.6
of which:
Under 18292199-93-31.8
18-29686578-108-15.7
30-44713726131.8
45-59345317-28-8.1
60 or over76901418.4
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 This table presents figures for a given quarter and year on year changes for that quarter.
All MalesMales aged under 18Males aged 18 -29Males aged 30 -44Males aged 45 -59Males aged 60 or overAll FemalesFemales aged under 18Females aged 18 -29Females aged 30 -44Females aged 45 -59Females aged 60 or over
ICCSq offence group 03-26-36.3-38.5-17.7-20.4-4.1-9.6-31.8-15.71.8-8.118.4

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