Sharp increase in fraud and kidnapping incidents as most crime categories increase – CSO

The majority of crime categories in Ireland have increased over the past year, new figures show.

The biggest increases were in reported fraud and kidnapping-related offenses, while murder was one of the few crime groups to see a decrease.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) also show that improper dropping of 999 calls resulted in 141 serious criminal incidents not being recorded in the garda PULSE system

The CSO said they were not counted in his data as a result, but added that it had a negligible impact on crime statistics.

In the year to June 2022, 16,202 fraud and deception offenses were reported in Ireland, an increase of 43.1 per cent over the previous 12 month period.

During that time, kidnapping offenses also increased by 36.3 percent and thefts by 22.6 percent, while crimes such as assault and death threats increased by 20.6 percent.

Almost 10,000 burglary offenses were reported in Ireland in the 12 months, an increase of 9.1 per cent, while robberies are up 13.2 per cent.

The CSO also noted a significant decrease in homicides, with 40 homicides recorded in the year to June, compared to 64 the year before.

This was mainly due to a sharp drop in dangerous driving, which led to deaths falling by 53 per cent.

There was also a large decrease in controlled drug-related crime (-27 percent) and weapons and explosives offenses (-11 percent).

They were the only three groups to see a decrease in the 15 crime categories. There were further increases in sexual offenses (5.6 percent), public order (9.9 percent) and property damage (7.7 percent).

The statistics include periods when Covid-19 restrictions were imposed, which the CSO said likely affected some crime data.

Jim Dalton, a statistician in the CSO’s crime and justice division, said the numbers showed most crime groups were up year-on-year.

“Fraud crime showed the highest rate of increase (43 percent) with 16,202 fraud cases recorded in the 12-month period compared to 11,325 a year earlier.

“This increase was largely due to unauthorized transactions and attempts to obtain personal or banking information online or over the phone.”

He added that Gardaí’s cancellation of Computer Aided Dispatch incidents resulted in crime records not being counted in CSO crime statistics.

These mainly concerned domestic violence, sexual assault and missing persons cases, resulting in approximately 6,000 incidents over a 21-month period.

Mr Dalton said: “Of the incidents that should not have been canceled due to An Garda Síochána (AGS)’s investigation into the issue, 141 would have resulted in a criminal incident which was recorded on PULSE.

“All 141 missing PULSE incidents have since been created. In terms of volume, this has hardly any impact on the published crime statistics for the 21-month period under review. AGS is monitoring this issue and any updates affecting official crime statistics will be communicated to users.” Sharp increase in fraud and kidnapping incidents as most crime categories increase – CSO

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