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Garda Recorded Crime Statistics

2010 - 2014

Percentage change in recorded offences, 2013 to 2014 and 2010 to 2014
 Recorded percentage change
ICCS offence group2013-20142010-2014
01Homicide offences-4-10
02Sexual offences+3-18
03Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences+5-17
04Dangerous or negligent acts+11+33
05Kidnapping and related offences+2-5
06Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences-5-18
07Burglary and related offences+5+6
08Theft and related offences-1+1
09Fraud, deception and related offences+8-7
10Controlled drug offences+4-20
11Weapons and explosives offences-10-40
12Damage to property and to the environment-5-30
13Public order and other social code offences-10-41
14Road and traffic offences (NEC)-3-43
15Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime+7-13
16Offences not elsewhere classified-3-24

Falls in recorded offences across most crime groups in period 2010-14, drop in detection rate in some groups

GCRS 2010-2014 FIG1
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This release provides an overview of recorded crime, as well as detections and outcomes of criminal proceedings for crimes reported to An Garda Siochana during 2014, based on administrative data received in 2016. The number of crimes recorded in 2014 in most Irish Crime Classification System (ICCS) groups had fallen compared with 2010, and half had fallen compared with 2013.

Compared with 2010 Group 04 Dangerous or negligent acts offences, comprising mostly Speeding and Dangerous Driving offences showed the highest increase (up 33%), however several groups including Group 10 Controlled drug offences, Group 11 Weapons and explosives offences, Group 12 Damage to property and the environment, and Group 13 Public order and other social code offences had decreased by more than 20% relative to 2010. Other serious crime groups such as Homicide offences (-10%) and Sexual offences (-18%) had also decreased, while there were increases in Group 07 Burglary and related offences (+6%) and Group 08 Theft and related offences (+1%).

The proportion of recorded crimes which are detected varies considerably from group to group depending on the type of crime, see Table 1. The detection rate for Group 01 Homicide offences in 2014 was 79%, down 6% on offences reported in 2013. Detection rates for Group 07 Burglary and related offences (18%), Group 09 Fraud, deception and related offences (38%) and Group 02 Sexual offences (47%) in 2014 were also lower when compared with previous years. Detection rates for certain high volume crime types such as Group 08 Theft and related offences, Group 12 Damage to property and related offences and Group 13 Public order and other social code offences were unchanged from 2013 figures at 33%, 22% and 93% respectively.  

The CSO resumed the publication of Recorded Crime Statistics in June 2015, following a comprehensive review of the quality of Garda Síochana crime data and on foot of the Garda Inspectorate report on Crime Investigation (11th November 2014). The latest CSO review of the quality of PULSE data published on 28th September 2016 (link below).  When interpreting Recorded Crime Statistics the CSO advises that the findings of these reviews should be taken into account.


Table 2 provides a full breakdown of the number of crimes recorded and detected by 3-digit ICCS classification for years 2010 to 2014. Table 3 summarises the outcomes of crime offences reported to An Garda Siochana in 2014 providing total figures by 3-digit ICCS classification for the numbers of crimes detected, those with relevant criminal proceedings, as well as the outcomes of commenced criminal proceedings. Table 4 provides a breakdown by age and gender of convictions for crimes reported in 2014. Table 5 provides a regional and divisional breakdown of recorded crimes and detections including a rate for recorded crimes per 100,000 population (except for Groups 01 and 05).