Fraud and sex offences up in latest crime stats

Fraud and sex offences up in latest crime stats

Helen McEntee

Reports of fraud and sexual offences increased in the year to the third quarter of 2021, while reports of other categories of crime fell, new figures show.

Fraud was up by 72 per cent and sexual offences were up by almost 10 per cent, in comparison to the previous 12-month period, according to Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Meanwhile, burglary was down 36 per cent, robbery was down 18 per cent and theft was down 20 per cent compared to the previous period.

Commenting on the figures, Justice minister Helen McEntee said: “The latest statistics from the CSO show welcome decreases in many categories of crime.

“However, we must consider them in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the various necessary public health restrictions that have come with that. And while these decreases are to be welcomed, it is important to note the significant increase in reported fraud crimes and recorded sexual offences.

“I also note that the statistics once again show an increase in those recorded as driving under the influence of drugs. I would strongly urge anyone considering doing so not to engage in this behaviour over the Christmas and New Year period as it can lead to real tragedy at what should be a special time of year.”

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