Dáil Éireann - Volume 617 - 05 April, 2006

Written Answers. - Crime Levels.

[1890] Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of crimes recorded and detected across all headings in Wicklow-Wexford Garda division during 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13736/06]

  Mr. McDowell: I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table provides the total number of headline offences, by group, recorded and detected in the Garda division of Wicklow-Wexford for the years 2000-05 inclusive.

The introduction of the PULSE computer system by the Garda Síochána in 1999 has led to more complete and comprehensive recording of crimes reported than was previously the case. Consequently the statistics provided for 1997 are not comparable to statistics provided for 2000 and subsequent years.

The figures provided for 2000 and 2001 are incomplete due to the phased implementation of PULSE. The first full year captured is 2002 and is a more accurate base year to use.

Any interpretation of the crime figures should factor in the increase in our population in the past ten years. In 1995, with a population of almost 3.6 million people, there were 29 crimes per 1,000 of the population. In 2005, with a population of over 4.1 million, there were 24.6 crimes per 1,000 of the population, a reduction of 4.4 crimes per 1,000 of the population. To put this in context, during the two full years of the rainbow coalition Government, with a population of 600,000 fewer than at present, the headline crime figures were as follows: 1995, 102,484; 1996, 100,785.

It should also be noted that the headline offence of homicide includes not only murder and manslaughter but the other homicide offences of infanticide, abortion, attempted murder and threat to murder. Over the six year period shown in the table there were five murders recorded with four detected, and five manslaughters recorded with five detected.

Headline Offences Recorded and Detected for the Garda Division of Wicklow/Wexford for the years 2000 to 2005

2005*

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

Rec

Det

Rec

Det

Rec

Det

Rec

Det

Rec

Det

Rec

Det

Homicide

4

3

2

2

0

0

1

1

1

1

5

5

Assault

128

94

154

118

144

118

185

152

106

90

58

53

Sexual Offences

98

52

76

41

80

50

105

64

86

67

43

33

Arson

28

9

22

6

24

6

37

15

25

7

30

12

Drugs

114

114

66

66

61

60

59

58

53

53

55

55

Theft

1,758

757

1,715

616

1,765

577

1,825

597

1,276

516

1,014

397

Burglary

1,336

239

1,197

159

1,165

234

1,144

194

1,010

248

999

298

Robbery

33

12

40

19

31

16

39

10

38

21

27

17

Fraud

211

172

133

90

167

108

133

90

131

114

173

158

Other

62

49

71

57

47

34

64

49

27

23

9

9

Total

3,772

1,501

3,476

1,174

3,484

1,203

3,592

1,230

2,753

1,140

2,413

1,037

* Figures provided are provisional, operational and liable to change.