Sexual offences and burglary up, decrease in number of murders
The latest figures from the the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show a massive reduction in the number of homicides, though sexual assaults are on the increase.
The figures released today show that the 12 months leading up to the end of June 2015 saw 35 per cent less murders than the previous 12 months.
From June 2013 to June 2014 there were 93 recorded homicides in Ireland. The following 12 months there were 60.
However, on the increase was another category of violent crime, as attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences, are up by over 10 per cent for the same period.
Other offence groups showed increases.
Burglary and related offences increased by 8.4% to 28,830, and a rise of 5.9% was observed in Fraud, deception and related offences.
There was a slight increase in the number of sexual offences, statistics show. The number of offences recorded in this group rose to 2,072 (+3.3%).
Rape offences on males and females increased by 6.7% to 478, while sexual assault offences increased by 6.5% to 1,327 over the period.
The annual total for kidnapping and related offences fell by 4.4% to 131 in the 12-month period.
False imprisonment offences rose by 3.0% to 69, while decreases were seen in abduction of person under 16 years of age and human trafficking offences.
There were 15,488 recorded controlled drug offences, a decrease of 1.2% on the corresponding period ending in 2014.
Most of these recorded offences were for possession of drugs for personal use, which showed a decrease of 0.8% to 11,179.