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Table 3a: Irish crime statistics from 1995 onwards.

Year Indictable/Headline Offences Non-Indictable/ Non-Headline Offences Total Recorded Offences
1995 102,484 478,733 581,217
1996 100,785 451,267 552,052
1997 90,875 451,742 542,617
1998 85,627 413,340 498,967
1999 81,274 432,696 513,970
2000 73,276 443,077 516,353
2001 86,633 326,527 413,160
2002 106,415 340,356 446,771
2003 103,360 292,279 395,639
2004 98,964 282,065 381,029
2005 101,659 316,389 418,048
2006 103,177 302,986 406,163
2007 104,946 n/a n/a

 

(Annual Reports of An Garda Síochána)

1. The Indictable/ Headline Offences figure includes all offences that became known to An Garda Síochána. The Non-Indictable/ Non-Headline figure only includes those offences in which proceedings were taken.

Note: Between 1995 and 2002, in the Annual Reports of An Garda Síochána, details of the number and type of drug offences recorded were published in a separate table. In certain years, the figures reported in that seperate table did not form part of the quoted total non-headline figure.

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Numerous changes were also made to the classification of offences in 2000. It was during this time that offences were reclassified as ‘headline’ and ‘non-headline’ offences. Caution is therefore required when comparing Irish crime statistics from 2000 onwards to pre-2000 figures. It should also be noted that in 2006 responsibility for publishing Irish crime statistics was taken over by the Central Statistics Office from An Garda Síochána.  

(Source: An Garda Síochána Annual Reports and Central Statistics Office)


 

Table 3c: Road Traffic Act Offences as a percentage of total recorded crime from 1995 onwards.

Year Total RTA Offences RTA Offences as a % of Non-Indictable Offences RTA Offences as a % of Total Recorded Offences
1995 289,918 61% 51%
1996 268,572 60% 49%
1997 263,207 58% 49%
1998 238,171 58% 48%
1999 264,577 61% 51%
2000 249,887 56% 48%
2001 184,576 57% 45%
2002* 237,106 70% 53%
2003 198,354 68% 50%
2004 194,525 69% 51%
2005 223,551 70% 53%
2006 211,184 70% 52%

 

*In 2002, a new headlines proceedings format was introduced which added the following to the Road Traffic Act Offences total - proceedings for unauthorised taking of MPV, unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, unauthorised taking of a pedal cycle, unauthorised interference with the mechanism of an MPV, EU regulations- Vehicle Testing, EU regulations- tachograph, Road Transport Acts and Road Acts/ Finance Acts- Excise Duty. All of these are included in the Road Traffic Act Offences Total quoted in the Garda Annual Report for 2002 and in subsequent years. These categories are not included in the total number of Road Traffic Acts Offences given previous to 2002. As an example of the impact of this change in counting procedure, application of the new headlines proceedings format would increase the total number of Road Traffic Acts Offences in 2001 from 184,576 to 241,133.

(An Garda Síochána Annual Reports; 'Crime and Punishment in Ireland 1922 to 2003: A Statistical Sourcebook'; Central Statistics Office)

 


 

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