The number of reported rapes and domestic violence crimes continues to rise, new figures show


The number of sex crimes reported to the Gardaí continues to rise, statistics from the first half of 2022 show.

Figures released by Gardaí show a 23 percent increase in reported rape cases in the first six months of this year compared to 2021 and an 11 percent increase from 2019 before the pandemic.

Sex crimes have been on the rise in Ireland since early 2015 and although they plateaued in 2020, this upward trend has continued over the past year.

There was also a steady increase (13 percent) in domestic violence cases treated by Gardaí in the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021.

“The increase in sex crimes may be related to changes in reporting behavior, making victims more likely to report sex crimes. In addition, An Garda Síochána’s ongoing efforts to improve data quality and recording may be a factor in the upward trend in recorded incidents of both sex offenses and crimes against the person in recent years,” a Gardaí statement on the key crime tendencies said.

“It cannot therefore be concluded that the increase in sex offenses (in recent years) is solely due to an increase in incidents,” Gardaí added.

Reports of harassment, stalking and threats also rose 17 percent from pre-pandemic 2019 levels, while fraud also saw a large increase in the first half of this year.

Fraud of all kinds has nearly doubled since 2019 (up 92 percent), while extortion crimes have more than tripled (up 227 percent) over the same period. In 2022, there was a significant increase in lodging fraud (58 percent), account takeover fraud (128 percent), and bogus merchant fraud (81 percent).

The number of people who reported an attack that caused harm in the first half of this year is 34 percent higher than last year and 14 percent higher than 2019. Homicide rates are seven percent higher than 2019 but attempted murder is 68 percent lower than before the pandemic.

The number of child abuse offenses has also fallen by a quarter compared to 2019.

Gardaí said burglary cases were trending “significantly down” over the long term, with Operation Thor credited with a decrease in the number of reported robberies.

“Operation Thor actively targets organized crime gangs and repeat offenders through coordinated crime prevention and enforcement activities based on intelligence and the latest intrusion trends. Operation Thor has successfully reduced winter burglary rates and has resulted in a significant decrease in property crime since its inception in 2015,” the Gardaí said.

Administrative offenses have all either remained at 2019 levels or trended slightly downwards, while drug and gun offenses have declined over the past three years.

The number of fatal traffic accidents is increasing and will be 30 percent higher in 2022 than in 2019.

More than 4,000 drivers were arrested for drunk driving in the first half of the year. The number of reported rapes and domestic violence crimes continues to rise, new figures show

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