Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams commenting on recent statistics from the Central Statistics Office on recorded crime said:
“The CSO recently released its recorded crime statistics for the first three months of this year. The statistics reveal a depressing increase in all crime categories, except murder.
Because of significant concerns about the accuracy of the statistics being recorded by the Garda’s PULSE database it was only decided to release these figures under the category of ‘Statistics Under Reservation’. In other words, the Garda figures cannot be trusted as accurate. This is scandalous.
There is also a widespread belief that the CSO figures underestimate the real level of crime.
The Recorded Crime statistics for Q1 2018 reveals that from sexual offences to assaults, harassment, burglary, fraud and theft there has been a dramatic increase across every category of crime.
Rural communities in Louth are especially vulnerable to burglary and theft. I have attended meetings in the past in the Cooley and Castlebellingham areas where local residents spoke of their experience of being burgled.
In the first three months of this year there were almost 19,000 burglaries, and almost 70,000 thefts across the state, an increase of 8% over last year. There were over six thousand fraud and deception offences – an increase of 16% on 2017.
It is unacceptable that the Garda statistics on crime are so inaccurate that the Central Statistics Office will only publish them with a serious health warning. I have written to the Minister for Justice asking how long he expects this disgraceful situation to continue and when can we expect the public to be given accurate crime statistics?”