THE number of sexual offences reported in Limerick doubled during the first quarter of this year, new figures have revealed.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office, 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 published yesterday show there were no murders in Limerick during the six months between October 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 dramatic 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 .
Commenting on the figures, Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan said much work has been done to ensure offences are recorded properly in Pulse.
“Many other police services around the world are experiencing the same issues as us in recording data accurately. However, that cannot be used as an excuse. It is important we have the correct processes and procedures in place, and they are adhered to by all members, so as to ensure all crimes are properly recorded,” she said.