New report reveals high number of sexual offences

THERE were more than 760 sexual offences recorded in the north west region last year. New figures published by Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal there were 761 sexual offences in the north west region in 2021.

Incidents of public order offences in the north west region were high, with 5,692 public order and other social code offences recorded, 65 per cent of which were detected.

There were 10 murders in the north west, with a 90 per cent detection rate. There were 4,396 cases of attempted murder, assault and harassment in the north west region in the year to September with a detection rate of 37 per cent.


There were 167 cases of robbery, extortion and hijacking in the north west region, while burglaries were also high at 1,379. Some 46, 826 thefts and related offences were recorded, with a detection rate of 34 per cent.

A spokesperson for the CSO said the statistics are classified as ‘under reservation’.

“The crime detection rates reflect those calculated based on data extracted on 2nd September, 2022.
Detection rates are measured eight months after the end of a particular year and tend to rise over time as investigations are completed before settling.

“So therefore, detection rates for 2021 for some crime categories are likely to be lower than in earlier years.
under reservation

“These statistics are categorised as ‘under reservation’ This categorisation indicates that the quality of these statistics do not meet the standards required of official statistics published by the CSO.”

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