April 18, 2021

Drop in number of sex crimes reported in Waterford

A total of 62 sex crimes have been reported in the Waterford Garda Division in the first six months of 2019.

New figures revealed in the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) report on recorded crime detection show there has been a slight drop in the number of sex crimes reported to gardai in Waterford year-on-year.

The report shows 62 cases were reported in the first six months of 2019, down from 65 cases in the first half of 2018.

Nationally, just one-in-10 sex crimes reported to gardai up until August 2018 have been solved, according to separate CSO figures.

The CSO figures show an 11% detection rate for sex crimes recorded, which is the lowest detection rate of all types of crime.

A crime is considered ‘detected’ when a suspect has been identified and proceedings have commenced.

Other crimes such as drug offences and murder and manslaughter have much better detection rates. For example 85% in the case of drugs and 72% for murder and manslaughter cases.

The CSO have not released a breakdown of detection rates by Garda Division.


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