Dublin: CSO Crime Figures Show That Incidence Of Drug Cultivation Or Manafacture Almost Doubled In 2010

31 Jan

There has been a significant increase in robberies, highjacking and extortion offences according to the annual crime figures released by the Central Statistics Office today.

Gardaí – Crime figures show drop in murder and manslaughters, but rise in robberies.

There were over 3,000 robberies, more than eight a day, recorded last year, an increase of over 28%.

There were also increases in thefts from shops, people and handling stolen property, and the incidence of drug cultivation or manufacture almost doubled, with an increase of 97%.

There were over 4,000 cases of drug dealing and 14,000 cases where people were caught with drugs for personal use.

There was a drop, however, in the murder and manslaughter rate and the number of shootings was down by over a fifth.

Murder and manslaughters dropped from 60 in 2009 to 56 last year but gangland murders increased from 17 to 19.

There was also a dramatic increase in sexual offences but the CSO says the increase is due to an ongoing Garda review of reported cases.

There were over 2,300 sex offences, more than six a day, recorded last year, an increase of over 60%.

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