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Rise in rapes, shootings & sex offences since last year – CSO

Serious assaults, threats of murder, shootings, kidnappings, child abductions, rapes and other sex offences have risen sharply in Ireland since last year, the CSO has revealed.

Between March 2021 and March 2022, the State’s official statistics body detected a 12.5% increase in “sexual offences,” rising from 3,106 to 3,493.

This includes a 22% increase in rapes (from 777 to 950), a 17% increase in sexual assault (1,601 to 1,880), and an 80% increase in sexual offences against people with mental imapirments (10 to 18).

Kidnappings are up 38% nationally, and 86% in the southern part of the country.

Assault offences are up 19%, from 18,429 to 21,904.

This includes a 31% rise in assaults causing harm, an 18% increase in “less serious” assaults, a 9% increase in threats to kill, a 6.5% rise in harrassment, and no change in attempted murders.

Shootings increased by 10%, while fraud offences were up 88%, almost doubling from 9,219 to 17,354.

“The increase was largely driven by unauthorised transactions and attempts to obtain personal or banking information online or by phone,” said Jim Dalton, statistician in the Crime & Criminal Justice Section.

It is possible, though unconfirmed, that this is a result of the HSE ransomware cyber attack and the leaking of patient info online.

Theft-related offences overall rose by 10% in the past year.

Robberies rose by 7% over the past year, including a 13.5% rise in post office and bank robberies. Blackmail and extortion jumped by 56%, and burglaries rose by 3.7%.

Some serious crimes did decrease, however.

Sexual assaults against minors are down 34%, and homicides are down 56%. Possession of firearms have also decreased by 26%, and drug offences such as possession and supply are down around 25%.

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