Drug offenses have highest detection rate in Ireland: data

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-04 06:56:02|Editor: ZD
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DUBLIN, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- As high as 85 percent of drug offenses reported in Ireland in 2018 were detected, making the detection rate for such crimes the highest among all the crimes, according to the statistics released by the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Tuesday.

The CSO said the detection rates were calculated based on the criteria that crimes reported last year had been detected by the beginning of September 2019 and at least one suspected offender was identified and sanctioned in each of the cases reported.

The CSO figures, which it said are subject to revision, showed that crimes which had a higher detection rate in the country also included public order and social code offenses (81 percent) and homicide offenses (75 percent).

The CSO classified the crimes into nine types while evaluating the detection rates for them.

Only the above-mentioned three types of crimes each had a detection rate higher than 50 percent while the rates for the remaining six types of crimes were all below 40 percent, according to the CSO figures.

Sexual offenses had the lowest detection rate with only 11 percent of such crimes reported in the country last year having been detected, said the CSO.

The CSO figures also showed that only 33 percent of theft offenses and 16 percent of burglary offenses reported in the country in 2018 were detected.