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Thursday, December 2, 2021

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.

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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”.

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“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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