May 29, 2011

Is Ireland a Safe Place to Live

Crime Rates in Ireland

Personal security is always an important thing to consider when you are thinking of moving to a new country .  You need to have an idea of the risk of  being physically assaulted or falling victim to other types of crime. Across the OECD, crime rates for conventional crime (theft, robbery, assault) have declined since 2000 . In millennium.
In Ireland, a recent survey found that 2.7% of people had reported being victims of assault over the previous 12 months. This was lower than the OECD average of 4%.
In Ireland - 27% of people reported feeling  unsafe on the street after dark - this was higher than the OECD average of 26%.

The murder rate in Ireland ( murders per 100,000 inhabitants) is a more reliable measure of a country’s safety level because, unlike other crimes, murders are usually always reported to the police. According to the latest OECD data, Ireland’s murder rate is 2  which is close to the OECD average . The UK murder rate was 2.6 and  the US was 5.2. Iceland came out with a zero murder rate.

Overall - Ireland scored 8.6 out of 10 for safety in the  OECD survey. (Compared to 3.4 for Chile  (the worst)  and 9.7 for Japan (the best) .

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