33% rise in homicides and sexual assaults

Louth saw a rise of approximately 33 per cent in homicides and sexual assaults in 2012 according to the new figures from the CSO.

Louth saw a rise of approximately 33 per cent in homicides and sexual assaults in 2012 according to the new figures from the CSO.

There were six homicides and 96 sexual offences recorded in County Louth in 2012.

There were three recorded kidnapping and related offences in the year, down from seven in 2011 and nine in 2010.

According to the figures there were 98 robbery, extortion and hijacking offences.

There were also 486 recorded attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences in Louth.

There were also 223 recorded dangerous and negligent acts recorded in the county.

1146 burglaries were reported, up 216 from 2011.

2,049 thefts, 214 frauds, 401 drugs offences and 84 weapons and explosive offences were also recorded.

1,231 damage to properties, 1,164 public order offences were also recorded.

Nationally there has been an increase in homicides and sexual offences, though there were falls in the majority of other categories.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said the murders were largely due to wave of gangland killings and was keen the stress the fall in burglaries.

“These figures clearly show a very significant reduction in crimes of aggravated burglary and a stabilisation of the annual number of non-aggravated burglaries. Together with an increase of 18.3% in the number of persons apprehended, in possession of an article with intent to burgle, steal or demand, by An Garda Síochána, they point very clearly to the success of Operation Fiacla, set up by the Garda Commissioner early in 2012 to combat a rise in burglaries. I again congratulate Commissioner Callinan and members of An Garda Síochána for their work in achieving these successes which I know will be welcomed by members of the public all over the country.”