Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (224)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

224. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual number of crimes by category recorded by Garda stations (details supplied) in each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46046/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is the responsible authority for official recorded crime statistics. The CSO publishes these frequently and the Deputy and any other member of the public may review statistical releases on the CSO website through this link: www.cso.ie/en/statistics/crimeandjustice/.

The Deputy may also be interested to note the CSO Crime Counting Rules document, available at the following link https://statbank.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/Define.asp?maintable=CJA07&PLanguage=0.

That document sets out the approach to recording of criminal offences as being against the Garda sub-district in which the particular offence was committed. 

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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.”

I understand that it is possible to search CSO Table CJA07, which breaks down data by offence group and Garda station, by post code of the relevant Garda station or indeed by place-name.