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Ireland

Ireland Crime Stats

Background:

Ireland has the 50th largest number of crimes reported in the world, with just over 821,000 total crimes reported, but violent crime is not very common. In fact, it boasts one of the fewest instances of murders with firearms, with just 12 in 2002, and the number of murders committed by youths as small as 10 in the same year. Drug offences are proportionately low, with 190.2 such crimes committed for every 100,000 of the population, as opposed to Germany, with almost 251,000 per 100,000 of the population.

Definitions

  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Kidnappings: Number of kidnappings recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Murders: Number of convictions for intentional homicides in the given year.
  • Murders > Per capita: Number of convictions for intentional homicides in the given year. Per capita figures expressed per 1 million population.
  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Rapes: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Assaults 93.9 2006 32nd out of 66
Burglaries 567.9 2006 14th out of 55
Car thefts 14,851 2002 28th out of 73
Drug offences 190.2 per 100,000 people 2000 50th out of 60
Illicit drugs transshipment point for and consumer of hashish from North Africa to the UK and Netherlands and of European-produced synthetic drugs; increasing consumption of South American cocaine; minor transshipment point for heroin and cocaine destined for Western Europe; despite recent legislation, narcotics-related money laundering - using bureaux de change, trusts, and shell companies involving the offshore financial community - remains a concern 2011
Kidnappings 1.87 2006 16th out of 57
Murders 23% 2006 33th out of 38
Murders > Per capita 5.46 per 1 million people 2006 30th out of 37
Murders with firearms 12 2002 41st out of 48
Police officers 303.3% 2006 17th out of 31
Rape rate 22.3 2009 5th out of 51
Rapes 396 2009 25th out of 51
Robberies 55.7 2006 34th out of 71
Software piracy rate 34% 2007 89th out of 106
Total crimes 81,274 2002 50th out of 82

SOURCES: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); UN Crime Stats; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

Citation

"Ireland Crime Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Ireland/Crime

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In response to Connor:

The country with the highest per capita murder rate is Colombia followed by South Africa and Jamaica. You can find this information on the murder page in the crime category.

Posted on 24 Mar 2005

Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

Edria Murray<br>Staff editor

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