Reports Of Robbery, Hijacking And Extortion On The Rise This Year

The Eastern region saw the highest increase.

The number of reported robbery, hijacking and extortion incidents rose by 18% in the first four months of the year.

CSO figures show the Eastern region, which includes Laois, Offaly and Westmeath, saw the largest increase, at 24%.

The region also saw one of the greatest jumps in theft, fraud and robbery, when compared to the same time in 2023. 

However, it did see a 14% decrease in sexual offences.

Jim Dalton, statistician with the CSO, says the figures don't show an upward rise of all crime:

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