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Central Statistics Office. (2010) Garda recorded crime statistics: 2004-2008. Dublin: Stationery Office.

PDF (Garda crime statistics 2004-2008) - Published Version

Some of the key points highlighted in the report are:

Recorded crime
Murder/Manslaughter offences decreased by 35%, from 84 in 2007 to 55 in 2008. This is the lowest number since 2004 when there were 45 offences. Controlled Drug Offences increased by over a quarter (26%) to 23,405 in 2008, an increase of 4,851 offences from 2007. In 2004 there were 9,868 offences of this nature.

Detection rates
Detection rates in 2008 varied from 99% for Controlled Drug Offences and for Dangerous or Negligent Acts and Road and Traffic Offences (NEC) to 22% for Damage to Property and to the Environment and 26% for Burglary and Related Offences.
While the detection rate for Homicide Offences has fallen from 95% in 2004 to 83% in 2008, it rose for Robbery, Extortion and Hijacking Offences from 37% in 2004 to 50% in 2008. For Burglary and Related Offences the detection rate increased from 17% in 2004 to 26% in 2008.

Court outcomes
Of the 34 Dangerous Driving Leading to Death offences recorded in 2008, 17 court proceedings had commenced by October 2009 (when data was extracted from PULSE and FCPS). Of these proceedings, six have led to convictions, two to non-conviction while nine cases were still pending.
While there were 1,407 Sexual Offences recorded in 2008, by October 2009 court proceedings had commenced for 158 of these offences. There were 29 convictions while a further 106 cases were still pending. Of the 332,372 Road and Traffic Offences (NEC) recorded in 2008, over 31,000 (31,812) cases led to conviction while 2,062 were still pending. There were 80,037 non-convictions.

Divisional variations
Limerick Garda Division had the highest per capita rate of recorded Murder/Manslaughter/Infanticide offences at 3.5 per 100,000 persons in 2008 (South Central DMR had a rate only slightly less at 3.4),compared to a state average of 1.2 per 100,000 persons.

South Central DMR Garda Division had the highest per capita rate for recorded Aggravated Burglary and Burglary (not aggravated) offences at 19.4 and 1,335 respectively per 100,000 persons. The annual state average was 7.3 per 100,000 persons for Aggravated Burglary and 541 for Burglary (not aggravated).

The highest per capita rate for Driving/In charge of vehicle while over legal alcohol limit offences in 2008 was recorded in Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division at 736.2 per 100,000 persons, while the lowest was recorded in Eastern DMR at 183.4. The state average was 405.7 per 100,000 persons.

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