Smartphones taken in a quarter of all personal robberies, figures show

The incidence of internet fraud was surveyed for the first time

Smartphones taken in a quarter of all personal robberies, figures show

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New figures show nearly a quarter of all victims of theft have had their smartphone stolen.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) say there has been a 1% increase in personal crime rates, while household crime continues to fall.

At the end of last year, 8% of households experienced crime which was a modest reduction on the 2010 figure of 9%.

Household crime was at its lowest level since the Crime and Victimisation survey began in 1998, when it was 12%.

The percentage of households experiencing vandalism was 2% - compared with 3% in 2010 and 5% in 2006.

The number of households experiencing a burglary was unchanged at 3%.

While in 48% of cases, there was somebody present in the house when the burglary took place.

Source: CSO

The level of household crime in Dublin was higher than any other region at 13%, while it was only 3% in the West.

And households located in an urban area were 2.5 times more likely to become victims of crime - compared to households in rural areas.

While there was a slight increase in the level of personal crime experienced by those aged 18 and over.

At the end of 2015, 5% of individuals were affected by crime versus 4% of in the 2010 survey.

The percentage of individuals who experienced assault, theft with violence and theft without violence was unchanged from 2010.

But nearly a quarter (22%) of all victims of theft had a smartphone stolen.

The incidence of internet fraud was surveyed for the first time, and found 2% of individuals were victims of this crime.

Males in the 18-24 age group were most likely to experience a crime, while more than six in ten (62%) of households who suffered crime reported it to the gardaí.

While over half (54%) of all crimes against individuals were reported to the gardaí.

However there was a wide variety in reporting rates - with 70% of victims of non-violent theft reported the crime, while only 32% of fraud victims chose to do so.