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Central Statistics Office. (2021) Recorded crime Q4 2020. Cork: Central Statistics Office.

External website: https://www.cso.ie/en/csolatestnews/presspages/202...

Continuing lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to have contributed to sharp falls in Recorded Crime levels in Ireland in 2020. The total number of recorded crimes in 2020 fell sharply in the categories of Burglary and related offences (down by 5,810, or 34.7%), Theft and related offences (down by 16,684, or 24.5%) and Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences (down by 536, or 22.9%), when compared with 2019. See Table 1.1.

Public order and other social code offences fell by 10.6%. There were increases in the numbers of recorded incidents in the categories of Weapons and explosives offences (up by 14.9%) and Controlled drug offences (up by 9.1%) in 2020 compared to the previous year.

There was considerable variation in the number of crime incidents recorded at different times during 2020 in a range of crime offence types, and it is likely that COVID-19 measures played a role in these variations. In 2020, the number of incidents classified as Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences, Burglary and related offences and Theft and related offences were at their highest levels during Q1 and then fell to their lowest levels during Q2. In contrast, the number of crime incidents classified as Weapons and explosives offences and Controlled drug offences were both lowest during Q1 and then rose to their highest levels during Q2. The number of crimes classified as Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences, Sexual offences and Public order and other social code offences were highest for 2020 during Q3. (See Table 1.2 and Figure 1.2 on the CSO website).

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Irish-related, Report
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Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
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Crime prevention
29 March 2021
Central Statistics Office
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