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Murders down but burglaries up in latest CSO crime figures

Burglaries are on the rise
Burglaries are on the rise

The latest set of figures from the Central Statistics Office show that most crimes are on the decline, but burglaries are bucking the trend.

The numbers show that there was a reduction of 40 per cent in homicide offences reported for twelve months ending 31 March 2015.

Public Order offences were down by 7.9 per cent, Robbery and Related Offences were down by 6.6 per cent and Weapons and Explosives Offences decreased by 8.4 per cent. 

However, burglaries are on the up, with 8 per cent more reported in the 12 months of the study.

Minister Fitzgerald said: “I am very conscious of the impact of burglaries on households, and earlier this year I carried out a broad and urgent review of the criminal justice system's response to this problem. 
“I recently published the heads of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill which targets repeat burglary offenders through new measures relating to bail and provisions concerning the imposition of consecutive sentencing for repeat burglary offending.   
“I have also made specific funding of €700,000 available for new specialised vehicles  to support an enhanced operational response by Gardaí to current and emerging crime threats, including burglary offences being committed by highly-mobile gangs.” 

The figures, released today by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, are the first released under a new 'incident recording system' brought in after the investigation into quality of crime data by the Garda Inspectorate Report.

Speaking at the launch Minister Fitzgerald said: “Following publication of the Inspectorate Report last November, I held very productive discussions with the Director of the Central Statistics Office and his staff; and I am very grateful to the CSO for their expert and independent analysis.” 
“The work of both the CSO and the Garda Inspectorate has identified common issues of concern in relation to the crime recording processes and systems in An Garda Síochána. Many of these issues have no doubt built-up over time, particularly as technology has failed to keep up with the demands of policing in a modern society.  Similar issues have also been found in other jurisdictions. However, none of this is to take away from the undoubted contribution and commitment of An Garda Síochána in responding to crime and community safety.   
“Today’s publication by the CSO, analysing the issues raised by the Garda Inspectorate, is a further important step in securing the integrity of our national crime statistics.” 
“As Minister, I am determined to support An Garda Síochána in developing its systems to meet the realities and expectations of 21st Century policing. In particular I have been working closely with my colleague Minister Howlin to secure the necessary and early investment in upgrading Garda technology and I hope to make significant announcements shortly in relation to the development of Garda ICT systems.”