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No suspect detected in 90% of sexual offences last year in Ireland

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) released figures which show that Gardaí failed to identify suspects in 90% of sexual offences reported last year.

Gardaí identified a suspect in more than four out of five homicide cases last year, but were unable to detect an offender for the majority of sexual offences.


However, the detection rate for sexual offences carried out in 2019 has doubled, with suspects now identified in 20% of cases.

A crime is considered detected when Gardaí have identified and sanctioned a suspected offender for the crime.

CSO statistician Sam Scriven said: “Users should note when considering crime trends the varying Covid-19 restrictions in place for much of 2020 and the likely impact of such restrictions on levels of crime”.


“The detection rate for sexual offences in 2019 has risen to one in five (20%) based on the latest available data, compared to just over one in ten (12%) when measured one year ago.”

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