Sexual offences have increased by 14 percent since last year.
The latest figures from the CSO show that between September 2014 and the same month this year, homicides dropped by more than a third. According to the latest data from the Central Statistics Office, there were 2,262 sexual offences in the 12 months to the end of September this year. That represents a 14.1 per cent increase. During that period homicides fell by 36 per cent, due in most part to an almost halving in the murder rate from 57 instances in 2014 to 30 this year. But there were more than 16,600 Attempts or Threats to Murder, Assaults, Harassments and Related Offences – an increase of 13.6 per cent. Burglaries were also up by more than 6 per cent, while robbery, extortion and hijacking offences fell by 9.1 per cent.