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Organised crime fear as hijacks, & robberies on the rise.

Byline: CATHAL McMAHON

GANGLAND crime is on the rise with robberies, extortion and hijackings soaring by 28%, figures showed yesterday.

The Central Statistics Office also revealed the murder rate and the amount of weapons and explosives detected also rose over the year.

The Garda Recorded Crime Statistics for 2010 revealed a drop in all other areas of crime including burglaries thefts, drug offences, road traffic incidents, public order and dangerous acts.

But an analysis of burglaries between 2006 and 2010 shows three out of every four burglaries are going unsolved.

A 5% jump in the number of sexual offence cases was recorded following a review of all allegations, including historic child sex abuse cases.

The CSO said: "Some of offences will have occurred at some distance in the past but are represented on the date of reclassifications."

The detection rate for serious offences including homicide and drug crime are high.

A total of 83% of the 55 murders, five manslaughters and 30 deaths by dangerous driving were solved.

Criminal charges were brought in 64 cases, while 15 remain undetected.

The highest number of killings were recorded in Dublin's north inner city, with 4.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

The CSO also compiled figures for the five years from 2006 to 2010 which show that gardai are consistently detecting homicides with an average 80% solve rate.

In one year, 2007, the detection rate was as high as 90%.

However, figures showed that just a quarter of the 25,377 burglaries carried out in 2010 were detected.

The statistics also showed only 38% of 76,492 thefts were solved.
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Date:May 1, 2012
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