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13th Jun 2013

Revealed: The Most Dangerous (And The Safest) Places To Live In Ireland

The results of the report show the counties with the highest and lowest crime rates.

So, what are the safest counties, where are you most likely to get burgled and which Irish city has the highest homicide rates?

The Irish Examiner have completed a breakdown of the country’s official crime statistics and compiled a national crime league table with the results.

It shows that Roscommon and Longford are the safest places to live in Ireland while Mayo is the region with the lowest crime rate.

Dublin is the country’s crime capital with a well-above-average number of offences per capita. It has the highest rates for robberies, theft, drug and fraud offences.

Limerick has the highest crime levels for sex offences and criminal damage to property, while Waterford has the worst crime rate for assaults, weapons and explosives offences.

Cork is the city with the lowest crime rates, but the highest homicide rate. 

Kerry recorded the highest incidence of public order offences while the Cavan/Monaghan area has the highest rate of drink-driving offences.

Louth has the most burglaries on a per capita basis and Clare has the highest rate for road traffic offences.

Donegal has the lowest numbers of both theft and weapons offences.

Cork’s city centre has lower crime levels than other cities but, despite any major gang activity in the city cente, it has the highest homicide rate with 42 murders in the past five years.

Overall crime rates are down nationally but one in every 18 people was a victim of crime last year.