THE Chairman of Limerick’s Joint Policing Committee has called for a review of the way rank and file gardai record incidents on the Pulse system.
Cllr Sean Lynch, a former detective, made his comments in the wake of a report from the Central Statistics Office which found that around 18% of crimes reported to gardai in 2011 do not appear to have been recorded on Pulse.
The review of the recording of crime statistics followed a Garda Inspectorate report, published last November, which highlighted an under-recording of crime.
In addition to the non-recording of reported crimes, the CSO found there were discrepancies in the way data is inputted into Pulse.
“The system (of inputting data) is wrong, members should have a template form which they fill out and which is passed to civilian staff to input,” said Cllr Lynch
“It is all coming back down on guy or girl who is out on the beat or in the car and the workload is just too much,” he added.
Meanwhile, the number of sexual offences reported in Limerick doubled during the first quarter of this year, new figures have revealed.
The figures, published by the CSO, show there were 26 reports of rapes or sexual assaults during January, February and March compared to 13 during the last three months of 2014.
There were two reported incidents of prostitution during the first three months of this year.
While there have been three murders in Limerick in recent weeks, the figures show there were no murders in Limerick during the nine months between July and March.
While the number of reported burglaries fell by 16% to 266 during the first three months of this year, the number of robberies increased by 25% to 20.
The number of assault incidents has remained static at 147 while the number of arson-related offences increased from 27 to 31.
There were eight reported incidents of firearms being discharged between November and March - one more than during the previous six months.
The CSO figures show there were four incidents of endangerment during the first quarter of this year and one incident of child neglect.
Following a major increase in the number of theft offences last year, the figures have stabilised with an average of 11 incidents being reported to gardai every day during January, February and March.
There were 1,046 reported theft offences in Limerick during the three-months of this year.