Monday, 16th October 2017
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A 2014 Garda Inspectorate Report entitled “Crime Investigations” revealed many worrying statistics. The Inspectorate reported many concerns in how crimes were recorded or in some instance crimes were not recorded at all. The report highlighted that 45% of Domestic Violence crimes reported to Gardaí failed to be recorded on the Garda PULSE system.

A subsequent report conducted by the CSO entitled “Review of the quality of crime statistics 2016” uncovered that in respect of Burglary and Robbery that 45% and 41% respectively were reclassified and downgraded to a less serious crime without justification. In 2015 alone 33% of recorded crimes were reclassified without justification. 18% of crimes where recorded as detected or concluded when in fact they had not.

Brendan Byrne Waterford City West & Tramore Labour Representative who compiled an article in response to the growing number of people who fell victim to crime, said these are very worrying statistics and bring an uncertainty to the actual level of crime in our City.

In respect of domestic violence, the figure is just astonishing, behind this 45% are women and children living in fear, this needs to change, now said Brendan Byrne. Consider also that one of the objectives of the 2016 national strategy for domestic violence is to prosecute offenders, how can that be done when nearly half of domestic violence crimes are not recorded in an official capacity?

There is no joined up thinking in strategy and reality, meaning women and children find themselves living in intolerable conditions compounded by the acts or omissions of state agencies. It’s just not acceptable said the Area Representative.

Criminal activity must be addressed and the Community informed.The uncertainty now is to what extent are the crime statistics reflective of criminal activity within communities? How do communities and agencies plan strategically with such levels of uncertainty?

The Minister of Justice needs to address this very serious situation especially in respect of domestic violence, the figure is just shocking in 2017. I’ll be strongly requesting that our spokesperson for Justice Sean Sherlock TD examine this issue swiftly and bring it to the attention of The Minister for Justice”, said Brendan Byrne.

For those who find themselves in abusive relationships help is available 1800 341 900.

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