Written Answers. - Crime Prevention.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

894 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the plans, if any, he has to bring about significant reductions in the level of unreported crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19706/00]

While naturally I am concerned with any under-reporting of crime, there is no evidence that the level of under-reporting of crime is greater now than before. As I have indicated before, my Department is considering the implications of results of the Central Statistics Office survey of crime and victimisation from 1998. In terms of international comparisons for surveys of this type, Ireland compares favourably with similar countries.

While there can be a multiplicity of factors behind decisions not to report specific crimes it is in the best interest of each individual who is the victim of a crime to report the matter to the Garda and I would urge that they do so.