Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Jim O’ Callaghan has expressed his dismay at the growing levels of unsolved crimes revealed in CSO figures.

The Central Statistics Office today published crime detection figures for last year after a four-year gap, with the latest data revealing only one in ten sexual offences reported to gardaí last year has been solved, while detection rates for burglaries were only 16%.

Deputy O’Callaghan said: “New data published by the Central Statistics Office today worryingly shows that only 11% of sexual offences reported last year were counted as having been solved; this is lower than any other type of crime and is without doubt part of the dynamic behind a growing fear throughout the country that we are losing the battle against crime.

“The publication of these new figures marks the first time that the CSO has published detection data since December 2016 and follows the introduction of a new method for counting crime. Only one in six reported incidents of burglary last year had been detected by September 2019 and around one in three incidents of theft were in the same category.

“There is a growing sense of lawlessness in some communities and a growing fear that criminals can go about terrorising innocent people with impunity.  It is time that the Government recognised this fear, demonstrated some leadership and worked with Gardaí to establish what additional support they need to give communities confidence in their own safety,” concluded Deputy O’Callaghan.