Domestic violence incidents up on last year’s number – An Garda Síochána

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The number of domestic violence callouts An Garda Síochána attended so far this year are up on last year’s numbers.

The force published its provisional crime statistics for this year which shows a 13 per cent increase in the number of domestic violence incidents it handled when compared to last year’s figures.

As of the end of June of this year, 392 gardaí from all ranks are full time assigned to Divisional Protective Service Units nationwide.

Meanwhile, sexual offences have been increasing since early 2015 and although having plateaued in 2020 this upward trend has resumed in 2021.  Overall Sexual Offences are down marginally (-3%) for 1st half 2022.

Key Crime Trends
• Residential Burglary +33% (2021) but remains down -38% (2019)
• Theft from Person +164% (2021) but remains down -46% (2019)
• Fraud Offences overall -2% (2021) but significant increases continue in Online Fraud such as Account Take Over Fraud (+128%), Accommodation Fraud (+58%).  Bogus Tradesman Fraud (+81%) is also increasing.
• Theft/ UT of vehicles show significant increase +77% (2021) and +10% (2019)
• Sexual Offences Overall are down marginally -3% (2021) -1% (2019) but reported Rape has increased +23% (2021) +11% (2019)
• Crimes Against the Person overall +24% (2021) primarily due to increases in reported  Assaults Causing Harm  +34% (2021) +14% (2019)
• The quantity of Drug detections has reduced (Sale/ Supply -30% (2021) -10% (2019) but volume of Drugs seized is increasing (>€37million seized to 30th June 2022)

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