THEFT related offences across Limerick have fallen to 2004 levels according to new crime statistics.
According to the Recorded Crime statistics for April, May and June, there were 914 reported thefts across the Limerick garda division during the three month period.
This represents a reduction of more than 28 per cent compared to the previous three months and is the lowest for any quarter since the end of 2004 when the figure stood at 912.
The number of incidents involving the theft of vehicles fell by more than 39 per cent to 173 and the number of thefts from shops and from the person also fell slightly.
According to the figures, which have been published by the Central Statistics Office, burglary offences also dropped by more than 29 per cent to 298 when compared to January, February and March.
There were no murders or manslaughters within the Limerick garda division during April, May or June. This is down from three in the previous quarter and four in the last quarter of 2010.
The number of sexual offences, including suspected rapes, dropped by more than 60 per cent when compared to the previous three months although the figures for January, February and March were the highest on record for any single three-month period.
Public Order offences across the Limerick garda division also fell during the second quarter of this year and, according to the CSO, they are now at their lowest level for more than three years.
Other indictable offences such as criminal damage and the use of firearms also fell during the latest survey period. There were no incidents involving the discharge of firearms for the first time since the official records began in 2004.