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Public Attitudes Survey Q2

Number of People Who Said They Were Victims of Crime Falls Again

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- Victimisation rate at 5.7% in Q2 2017 down from 6.9% in Q1 2017, and down from 9% in Q2 2016
- 9% increase in victim satisfaction from Q2 2016 to Q2 2017
- Reduction in the fear of crime
- 6% year-on-year increase in satisfaction levels with service from An Garda Síochána 
- Perceptions of the organisation generally higher in 2017 than in 2016

An Garda Síochána’s Public Attitudes Survey for Q2 2017 has shown another reduction in the number of people who said they were victims of crime. There was a drop in the victimisation rate from 9% in Q2 2016 to 5.7% in Q2 2017. The victimisation rate also dropped on a quarterly basis from 6.9% in Q1 2017.

The Q2 2017 Survey also found improved satisfaction among victims who reported their crime to Gardaí, an increase in satisfaction levels with the service provided by An Garda Síochána, and a reduction in the fear of crime when compared to Q2 2016.  

Nearly 90% of respondents (88%) had mid to high trust in An Garda Síochána in the quarter, and perceptions of the effectiveness and capability of the Garda organisation had improved since the same period a year ago.

The Garda Public Attitudes Survey, which is conducted by Amarach Research on behalf of An Garda Síochána, asks a nationally representative sample of 1,500 people each quarter their views on a range of issues relating to An Garda Síochána. The Q2 2017 survey was conducted between April and June of this year.

The margin of error for the survey is 2.53% and as analysis is done on smaller proportions, the margin of error increases. This should be taken into account when examining analysis of victims of crime.

The Public Attitudes Survey is one of a number of tools used by Garda management to determine future organisational and operational activity.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey commented: “It is very welcome that the survey shows less people are saying they have been victims of crime, that fear of crime is continuing to reduce, and perceptions of crime as being a serious problem nationally and locally are falling. This shows the value of our approach to tackling key crimes impacting on communities. The increase in satisfaction among victims also demonstrates we have taken on-board the concerns of victim groups and the Garda Inspectorate by improving our service to victims. It is vital that we continue our strong focus on preventing crime from happening in the first instance, but, when it does happen, investigating those crimes and helping the victims. These kinds of improvements across a range of policing activities will continue through our Modernisation and Renewal Programme.”

The main findings of An Garda Síochána’s Public Attitudes Survey for Q2 2017 are:

Victims of Crime
- In Q2 2017, the victimisation rate was 5.7%. This compares with a rate of 9% for the same quarter last year.
- Satisfaction among victims of crime who reported their crime to An Garda Síochána rose 9% from 52% in Q2 2016 to 61% in Q2 2017.
- During Q2 2017, 86% of victims interviewed said they had reported their most recent crime incident compared to 76% in Q2 2016.