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Recorded Crime Q4 2021

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The number of crime incidents recorded on An Garda Síochána’s PULSE database which were classified as Fraud, deception and related offences increased by 116.1% or 9,095 to 16,929 in the year to Q4 2021. In line with what was reported in the previous Recorded Crime publication, the increase is largely driven by unauthorised transactions and attempts to obtain personal or banking information online or by phone. See Table 1.1 and Figure 1.1.

In general, reported crime fell in the year to Q4 2021. Burglary and related offences were down 21.1% or 2,299 incidents, while Weapons and explosives offences were down 18.5% or 570. The number of incidents of Controlled drugs offences were down 13.1% or 3,035 while Theft and related offences were down 8.4% or 4,291. See Table 1.1 and Figure 1.1.

On the other hand, the number of incidents of Kidnapping and related offences was up by 27.1% or 36 and Sexual offences were up by 12% or 364 incidents. See Table 1.1 and Figure 1.1.

A total of 308 crime incidents were recorded on PULSE for breaches of COVID-19 regulations during Q4 2021. This figure compares to the 539 incidents recorded in Q3 2021 but was significantly lower than in earlier quarters, reflecting the relatively low level of COVID-19 restrictions compared to earlier quarters. The figure includes unpaid fines and other offences but does not include fines which were paid. The offences are not included in the statistical tables in this publication due to difficulties aligning them with the existing statistical classification.

In June 2021, the Garda Commissioner outlined to the Policing Authority details relating to the inappropriate cancellation of CAD calls, and, at the time of writing, an internal AGS investigation into the issue is ongoing. The premature or improper cancellation of calls on the CAD system may mean that records relating to crimes, which were reported to AGS, were not created on the PULSE system, and are therefore not counted in Recorded Crime statistics. The CSO is awaiting clarification on the full impact of the issue from AGS, including the time periods involved (how far back this issue goes), the crime types impacted, and crucially, the estimated numbers of crimes which were not recorded on PULSE due to inappropriate cancellation of CAD calls, before it can determine the impact on Recorded Crime statistics.

 

Table 1.1 Recorded crime incidents1 classified by offence group, annualised2 total to Q4 2020 and 2021
 Annualised total to Q4
ICCSq offence group20202021Change% Change
 
01 Homicide and related offences7839-39-50.0
02 Sexual offences3,0393,40336412.0
03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences19,06120,1491,0885.7
04 Dangerous or negligent acts8,7418,257-484-5.5
05 Kidnapping and related offences1331693627.1
06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 1,8121,733-79-4.4
07 Burglary and related offences10,8908,591-2,299-21.1
08 Theft and related offences51,27646,985-4,291-8.4
09 Fraud, deception and related offences7,83416,9299,095116.1
10 Controlled drug offences23,17520,140-3,035-13.1
11 Weapons and explosives offences3,0872,517-570-18.5
12 Damage to property and to the environment19,51619,270-246-1.3
13 Public order and other social code offences29,03328,341-692-2.4
15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime 10,87211,2724003.7
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 offences05 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 offences12 Damage to property and to the environment13 Public order and other social code offences
ICCSq offence group-50125.727.1-4.4-21.1-8.4116.1-13.1-18.5-1.3-2.4

In September 2020, as part of the Recorded Crime Q2 2020 publication, the CSO introduced two additional tables (See Table 1.2 and Table 1.3) within the Recorded Crime quarterly publication which specifically looked at the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Recorded Crime statistics by comparing crime statistics in the latest quarter with figures from the equivalent quarter one year earlier. Users should note the varying levels of COVID-19 restrictions which were in place for 2020 and 2021 when analysing the data in this publication. These tables are also included for Q4 2021.

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The accelerated increase in the number of crime incidents recorded by An Garda Síochána which were classified as Fraud, deception and related offences continued during Q4 2021. The number of crime incidents in this category during Q4 2021 was the highest since the CSO began compiling Recorded Crime statistics in 2006. In total, there were 5,247 fraud incidents recorded between October and December 2021 and this was nearly three times the 1,876 fraud incidents recorded a year earlier.

The number of incidents in all but three of the remaining offence groups increased during this period with the highest rate of increase relating to Kidnapping and related offences (+134.6%) albeit the absolute numbers are relatively low. On the other hand, Homicides and related offences fell by 50% or 6 incidents, while Controlled drug offences fell by 25.9% or 1,396 incidents. See Table 1.2 and Figure 1.2.

Table 1.2 Recorded crime incidents1 classified by offence group, Q4 2020 and Q4 2021
 Quarterly Figures2
ICCSq offence groupQ4 2020Q4 2021Change% Change
 
01 Homicide and related offences126-6-50.0
02 Sexual offences7047767210.2
03 Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences4,4975,35485719.1
04 Dangerous or negligent acts2,0732,2131406.8
05 Kidnapping and related offences266135134.6
06 Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences 4214704911.6
07 Burglary and related offences2,4612,6822219.0
08 Theft and related offences11,60913,3821,77315.3
09 Fraud, deception and related offences1,8765,2473,371179.7
10 Controlled drug offences5,3803,984-1,396-25.9
11 Weapons and explosives offences739669-70-9.5
12 Damage to property and to the environment4,7695,1663978.3
13 Public order and other social code offences6,5637,47090713.8
15 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime 2,9242,93280.3
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 offences05 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 offences12 Damage to property and to the environment13 Public order and other social code offences
ICCSq offence group-5010.219.1134.611.6915.3179.7-25.9-9.58.313.8
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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. It should be noted 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 overall number of persons recorded as victims of Group 03 incidents (Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences) during Q4 2021 increased by 19.2% or 843 from the corresponding period in 2020. Male victims showed the highest rate of increase over the year at 23.6% compared to 13.9% for females. Among males, the highest rate of increase was in the 30-44 year age group (+40% or 269) and those aged 18-29 years (+37.5% or 248). On the other hand, the number of victims aged under 18 fell by 5.9% or 27. A somewhat similar pattern was recorded for female victims where, again, the number of victims aged 18 years or over also increased. However, it was the 18-29 year age group which showed the highest rate of increase at 25.2% or 141 and then followed by those aged 30-44 years at 14.4% or 106. The number of recorded victims aged less than 18 years fell by 8.6% or 23. 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, Q4 2020 and Q4 2021
 Quarterly2 recorded crime victims of ICSSq offence group 03
Sex/Age of victimQ4 2020Q4 2021Change% Change
Victims of ICSSq offence group 034,3835,22684319.2
 
Males2,4102,97956923.6
of which:
Under 18454427-27-5.9
18-2966291024837.5
30-4467294126940.0
45-594635165311.4
60 or over1591852616.4
 
Females1,9732,24727413.9
of which:
Under 18268245-23-8.6
18-2956070114125.2
30-4473684210614.4
45-593183604213.2
60 or over919988.8
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 0323.6-5.937.54011.416.413.9-8.625.214.413.28.8

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