Increase in CSO crime statistics must be addressed by Minister – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
The CSO this morning released figures which show both an increase in the number of robbery offences and sexual offences for the 2nd quarter of this year, with a 15% and 10% increase respectively when compared to quarter 2 of last year.
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called on the Government to act to ensure communities and vulnerable people are afforded more adequate protections.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;
“The figures released this morning do not make for positive reading, and the Minister for Justice must be more proactive regarding crime prevention.
“Despite what the Minister tells us, many Garda Stations are running to stand still. Most Garda Stations are still only just at or below 2010 levels.
“Couple that with an outright ban on overtime for the rest of the year and we are heading for a long winter with Gardaí being pulled and stretched in every direction.
“Community Policing is down 40% nationally since 2010, with that figure being higher in some locations. Indeed just today it was reported that Community Gardaí in Louth have had no access to vehicles since March of this year.
“By failing to address these issues, Minister Flanagan is failing to support communities and people who have been plagued by such crimes in the last few months.
Speaking on the 10% increase in Sexual Offences:
“There are close to 3,000 sexual offences recorded, a 10% increase when compared to this time last year. There are a couple of reasons as to why this may be the case.
“This figure underlines the need for a second SAVI report, as we need clarification as to why this figure is increasing, and support services in this area must be given the funding they require to deal with their caseloads in the upcoming budget.
“The fact that these figures are still classified as being ‘Under Reservation’ also raises concern on how quickly An Garda Síochána have reacted to the highlighting of the poor quality of their data over a year ago.”