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Report Summary
Recorded crime doubled between 1970 and 2000. The offence rate peaked at 132 per 1,000 population in 1992 but was down to 111 per 1,000 population in 2000.
  • Recorded crime doubled between 1970 and 2000. The offence rate peaked at 132 per 1,000 population in 1992 but was down to 111 per 1,000 population in 2000.
  • Police resolved 41 percent of all offences recorded in 2000. Resolution occurs when an offender is identified and dealt with (warned, cautioned or prosecuted).
  • Dishonesty offences accounted for 60 percent of all offences in 2000, followed by drug and anti-social offences (12 percent), violent offences (10 percent) and property damage (9 percent).
  • Within the dishonesty offence category, theft was the largest contributor, accounting for 50 percent of all dishonesty offences.
  • There were small to moderate decreases in the offence rates for nearly all types of dishonesty offences between 1996 and 2000. The exception was receiving, which remained relatively unchanged over the period.
  • A quarter of all dishonesty offences recorded in 2000 were burglaries. The resolution rate for burglaries was steady at about 12 percent between 1994 and 1999, but rose to 16 percent in 2000.
  • Resolution rates for drug and anti-social offences remained high at more than 70 percent over the period investigated.
  • Drug and anti-social offences were dominated by cannabis-related drug offences and disorder offences. Between 1994 and 2000, cannabis-related drug offences fell, while disorder offences rose, making for very little difference between the numbers in these two classes in 2000.
  • There was little change in the offence rates for violent crime between 1994 and 2000. More than half of all serious assaults were assaults by males on females, the second most common type of serious assault was miscellaneous common assaults. There was little change in the offence rates for the property damage and property abuse offence categories, but there were small to moderate increases in the resolution rates for the majority of offence classes within these two categories.
  • There was little change in the offence rates for the property damage and property abuse offence categories, but there were small to moderate increases in the resolution rates for the majority of offence classes within these two categories.
  • Administrative offences constituted 3 percent of all recorded offences in 2000, but the offence rate for this category of offence rose by 50 percent between 1994 and 2000. The offence rate for offences against justice increased by 65 percent over the same period.
  • Sexual offences accounted for less than 1 percent of all recorded crime between 1994 and 2000. There was little change in the volume of sexual offences over the period.



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Recorded crime doubled between 1970 and 2000. The offence rate peaked at 132 per 1,000 population in 1992 but was down to 111 per 1,000 population in 2000

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