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Are Irish Crime Rates Higher Than American Crime Rates?



Assessing The Crime Rate in Ireland

Submitted by: Dr. Lincoln B. Sloas


In March, we celebrate Irish heritage month. In this issue, I take time to discuss the crime rate of our neighbors across the pond…Ireland. Points to consider include the crime rate in Ireland relative to the United States and if they are higher or lower or equivalent. It is here we now turn.



According to the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, Ireland has been assessed as a low-threat location for crime related activities. In fact, compared to the United States, Ireland’s general crime rate is lower. As it pertains to property related crimes, Ireland saw a 7% increase between 2016 and 2017. Additionally, crimes against people was up 12% between 2016 and 2017. Sexual offenses were up 16% between 2016 and 2017 whereas total criminal damage was up 5%. Dublin remains the county in Ireland with the highest crime rate, primarily due to its large population.



Although violent crime is not as pervasive in Ireland compared to the United States, it does happen. For example, Irish police focus much of their resources on combating violent crime as it pertains to organized crime. These organized crime groups engage in drug trafficking which has resulted in multiple murders. The table below demonstrates the crimes in Ireland just discussed.


In light of these statistics, the crime in Ireland appears to relatively small compared to the United States. However, it is still important to discern our opinions about crime in other countries with the facts. For those travelling to Ireland in the near future, things are looking good!


Lincoln B. Sloas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.Lincoln B. Sloas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.

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