Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Questions (131)

Paul Donnelly

Question:

131. Deputy Paul Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice the statistics relating to crime in the Ongar local electoral area, which is serviced by the K district Garda station. [40736/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is the responsible authority for official recorded crime statistics. These statistics are available on the CSO website at the following link: https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/crimeandjustice/.

For the Deputy's information, the following table shows the recorded crime offences for Blanchardstown Garda Station (which includes the Ongar area in the K district of the DMR West division) by type of offence and year for 2018 and 2019, the latest years for which figures are published:

BLANCHARDSTOWN STATION, DMR WEST

2018

2019

Attempts/threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences

426

470

Dangerous or negligent acts

146

205

Kidnapping and related offences

5

2

Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences

110

82

Burglary and related offences

452

514

Theft and related offences

2061

2000

Fraud, deception and related offences

196

283

Controlled drug offences

295

367

Weapons and explosive offences

49

84

Damage to property and to the environment

483

529

Public order and other social code offences

361

399

Offences against government, justice procedures and organisation of crime

1313

1403

The Deputy will note that these statistics are published under reservation. According to the CSO, the classification of “Under Reservation” is in keeping with other jurisdictions and other statistical domains. This indicates that, while the statistics have been determined to be of sufficient quality to allow publication, ongoing issues mean that the quality does not yet meet the higher standard required of official statistics by the CSO.

The Deputy may further wish to note the following information, taken from the CSO Crime Counting Rules document, which sets out the approach to recording of criminal offences as being against the Garda sub-district in which the particular offence was committed:

" A criminal offence should be recorded (and counted) against the Garda Sub-district in which the particular offence was committed. Where the place of commission cannot be determined the offence should be recorded against the Garda Sub-district in which it was reported. Criminal offences under Irish law that are committed abroad (such as those under the Sexual Offences (Jurisdiction) Act, 1996) should be recorded against the Garda Sub-district in which it was reported.”