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Increase in bogus tradesman and accommodation fraud, Garda figures show

Provisional crime statistics for the first six months of the year also show an increase in reports of rape and domestic violence.

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Provisional Garda crime statistics for the first six months of the year have been revealed (Niall Carson/PA)

Provisional Garda crime statistics for the first six months of the year have been revealed (Niall Carson/PA)

Provisional Garda crime statistics for the first six months of the year have been revealed (Niall Carson/PA)

Reports of accommodation fraud have risen by 58% and bogus tradesman fraud by 81%, according to provisional crime statistics for the first six months of the year.

The figures published by An Garda Siochana show many forms of crime increased in the first six months of 2022, after rates of crime dropped significantly during the Covid-19 emergency, particularly during lockdowns.

The exception to this was fraud, which increased significantly during the pandemic.

Provisional Garda statistics for the first six months of the year show that although fraud offences are down 2% on 2021 numbers for the same period, they remain 92% higher compared to the first half of 2019.

Gardai said that “significant increases” continue in online fraud, such as account takeover fraud which is up 128% on last year.

Blackmail and extortion offences have increased by 32% on the same period last year, and by 227% on 2019 figures.

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Other rates of crime are also on the rise: incidences of rape have increased by 23% on last year and there has been “a continued increase” in domestic abuse – with 13% more incidents attended by Gardai in the first half of 2022 compared with last year.

Assault causing harm was up 34% on the first half of 2021 and up 14% on the same period in 2019.

Although harassment, stalking and threats were down 5% on the comparable period in 2021, incidents are up 17% on 2019.

Thefts from a person were up 164% on 2021, but remain 46% lower on 2019 figures.

Property crime increased across nearly all crime types in the first half of the year compared with 2021 – with burglaries up 33% and theft from a vehicle up 17% on last year.

Despite this, these rates are generally lower than 2019 figures.

During the first half of 2022 the number of fatal road collisions also increased by 62% (up 30% on 2019 figures), with serious road collisions increasing by 11%.

There has been a 17% increase in drink driving incidents on 2021, which is also up 5% on 2019 figures.

More than 4,000 drivers have been arrested so far this year for such offences, Gardai said.

Drugs and weapons offences are also down on last year. The quantity of drug detections has reduced by 30% on 2021, but the volume of seized drugs has increased, with drugs valued at more than 37 million euro seized up to the end of June, according to Gardai.

These are provisional figures from the Garda Pulse system. They are sent to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for verification and publication of the official crime statistics.


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