Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Ceisteanna (441, 442)

Phil Hogan

Ceist:

479 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of crimes detected across all headings in Carlow Garda division during 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9360/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The introduction of the PULSE computer system by the Garda Síochána in 1999 has led to more complete and comprehensive recording of crimes reported than was previously the case. Consequently, the statistics provided for 1997 are not comparable to statistics provided for 2000 and subsequent years. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table shows the totals for offences detected by the ten headline groups for the Carlow-Kildare Garda division for the years 2000 to 2005, inclusive.

It should be borne in mind that any interpretation of the crime figures should factor in the increase in our population in the past ten years. In 1995, with a population of almost 3.6 million people, there were 29 crimes per 1,000 of the population. In 2005, with a population of over 4.1 million, there were 24.6 crimes per 1,000 of the population, a reduction of 4.4 crimes per 1,000 of the population. A certain proportion of the increase in the figures for recorded headline crime is due to the increases in recording rates resulting from the phasing in of the Garda PULSE IT system from 1999 to 2002.

The following table shows headline crimes detected for the Garda division of Carlow-Kildare for the years 2000 to 2005*.

2005* Detected

2004 Detected

2003 Detected

2002 Detected

2001 Detected

2000 Detected

Homicide

2

0

0

1

4

6

Assault

144

149

157

228

98

64

Sexual offences

37

53

109

70

61

30

Arson

18

13

10

10

17

18

Drugs

113

85

90

84

82

77

Theft

775

691

737

548

525

488

Burglary

192

211

201

212

209

219

Robbery

29

29

15

31

31

25

Fraud

123

120

166

130

174

189

Other headline offences

44

40

43

75

34

9

Total

1,477

1,391

1,528

1,389

1,235

1,125

*Figures provided are provisional, operational and liable to change.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

480 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of crimes detected across all headings in Dundalk Garda division during 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9361/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I regret that it has not been possible in the time available to obtain the information requested by the Deputy. I will be in contact with the Deputy about this matter when it becomes available.