The CSO published the latest Recorded Crime statistics on Monday (October 1st).
Recorded Crime Q2 2018 is the third quarterly release following the decision to resume publication of crime statistics using the category of Statistics Under Reservation.
The statistics show an increase in the number of recorded incidents across most crime groups for the year ending Q2 2018.
The greatest increases were in Robbery which is up 15.1% and Offences against Government which increased by 13.1%.
Offences against Government includes Breaches of Bail and Breaches of Domestic Violence Orders. The number of recorded incidents of Damage to property and the environment fell by 3.0% in the period.
ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has said the rise in robberies in the latest CSO figures for recorded crime are cause for real concern.
The statistics released also reveal an increase in the level of theft and related offences.
“Those living in rural Ireland will feel most exposed. Incidents of theft have risen to 68,248 in number and we must remember that each of these crimes has an emotional as well a financial impact.”
“The days of there being a Garda station in every village are long gone, unfortunately, so the onus is very much on remaining vigilant in our own communities”
He outlined that efforts are, of course, supported by various community policing initiatives but said that despite this, people are still living in fear.
“It is clear now that more resources will have to be allocated if there is to be any hope of a meaningful reduction in crime statistics.” He concluded.