Gardaí confirmed that the number of homicides in Ireland increased by more than three quarters last year.
Data released last night by Garda headquarters showed there were 44 cases of manslaughter or manslaughter last year, up from 25 in 2021, a 76 per cent increase.
Gardaí also said last night that the number of homicides in 2022 was up from a lower rate of 16% in 2019, when there were 38 cases of homicide and manslaughter.
The force said COVID-19 public health measures have seen a reduction in most types of crime, reports The Mirror.
A spokesperson said: “Comparisons between current 2022 data and 2021 should continue to be considered in the context of Covid-19, therefore a longer trend comparison are given against 2019 figures,” reports The Mirror.
The number of rape and sexual assault cases increased by four percent during this time period.
The number of reported residential burglaries increased by seven percent from 2021 to 2022, but decreased by 45 percent compared to 2019.
There was a massive 111% increase in personal thefts between 2021 and last year, but a 40% decrease from 2019 figures.
Figures for 2021 show a 52% increase in vehicle theft last year and a 17% increase in 2019.
Crimes against the person increased by 14 percent compared to 2021 data and in the same period the number of cases of assault with damage increased by 20 percent.
The difference between 2019 and 2022 was a 6% increase for crimes against the person and a 16% increase for assaults that resulted in harm, reports The Mirror.
And the number of cases of obstruction or assault on the Gardaí rose by two percent last year, but increased by 27 percent in 2019.
The lockdown has led to an increase in domestic violence incidents, with a staggering 54,000 cases reported last year.
That compares to 44,500 in 2019, an increase of 21%, and 50,000 in 2021, an increase of 8%.
Gardai also said that there has been an increase in sex crimes, which has been the case every year since 2015, reports The Mirror.
Overall, sex crimes are projected to rise four percent in 2021 and eight percent in 2019.
A Garda spokeswoman said: “The increase in sexual offences figures may relate to a change in reporting behaviour whereby victims are increasingly likely to report sexual crime. Furthermore, ongoing efforts by An Garda Siochana regarding improvement of data quality and recording may be a contributing factor to the upward trend in recorded incidents of both sexual offences and crimes against the person in recent years. It therefore cannot be concluded that the increase in sexual offences (in recent years) is solely due to an increased level of incidents occurring,” reports The Mirror.
Last year Gardai seized €89m worth of drugs, as well as €3.75m in cash and nine firearms.
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