Introduction

Our Perceptions of Crime Today

The majority of crime is not reported to the Gardaí. However the Quarterly National Household Survey conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), includes a section on victimisation, which allows for a more accurate account of the number of people who become a victim of crime.

In a CSO survey (2006) 80 per cent of people over the age of 18 perceive crime as a serious problem in Ireland. Despite this, almost 75 per cent of people in Ireland feel safe walking home alone in their neighbourhood at night.

CSO figures for 2006 show that 4.6 per cent of the Irish population aged 18 – 65+ were victims of crime.

While society – perhaps, rightly so – worries about older people being victims of crime, interestingly, it is younger rather than older people who fall victim to crime.

73 per cent of victims are aged 18 – 44, while·individuals ages 65+ represent only 5.5 per cent of the total number of victims.

Young males aged 18 – 24 are most at risk of personal injury but worry least about becoming a victim of crime.

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