Crime and Victimisation (QNHS Module)


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Persons aged 18 or over who were victims of crime by region, sex, age group, nationality and principal economic status. Further breakdown of theft and assault, location of incident, use or threat of weapon, whether an injury was incurred, type of treatment required, and whether/why the incident was not reported to the Gardaí. Persons aged 18 or over classified by how safe they would feel walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark, or alone in their home after dark, their perception of crime in Ireland, whether they worry about becoming a victim of crime, and how they would rate the Gardaí in the local area, classified by region, sex, age group, nationality, victim of any crime, and principal economic status. Households classified by whether they were victims of any crime, classified by region, number of persons in household, family composition, sex, age and principal economic status of the reference person. Household burglaries classified by details of the incident, whether someone was at home at the time, whether a weapon was used, whether anyone was injured, whether/why not reported to the Gardaí, and estimated cost of the burglary. Details are also provided on vandalism, stolen motor vehicles, stolen bicycles, and security measures.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) special modules.


Persons aged 18 or over. Sexual assaults and domestic violence are excluded. Questions on crime related to the last incident, in cases where the household or person had been a victim of a particular kind of crime more than once in the past year.



Reference period

The 12 months prior to the time of the QNHS survey

Start date

1998 quarter 4


Typically from 6 to 12 months after the end of the reference period


  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West.
  • Age
    18-24 years; 25-44; 45-64; 65+ years.
  • Economic status
    At work; Unemployed; Student; Home duties; Retired; Other.
  • Nationality
    Irish; Other EU 15; Other.
  • Location of incident
    In vicinity of home; At/near workplace; At/near school/college; In/near pub/dance hall/disco; At/near other public place; Elsewhere.
  • Medical treatment required
    Cuts, bruises not requiring medical attention; Medical attention but not a hospital stay; Medical attention and a hospital stay.
  • Reason for not reporting crime
    Not serious enough or no loss; Solved it myself; Reported to other authorities instead; No insurance claim anticipated; Believed Gardaí could do nothing; Believed Gardaí would do nothing; Did not wish to involve Gardaí; Fear of reprisal; Other reasons or not stated.
  • Family unit
    Couple, no children; Couple, with children; Lone parent; No family unit/not stated.
  • Vandalism
    Graffiti; Broken windows or doors; Damaged fences etc; Other property damage; Vehicle damage to windows or doors; Other vehicle damage; Other.
  • Location vehicle parked
    Household garage, shed, driveway, yard, carpark; Street/road outside dwelling; Street/road in town or city; Car park in town or city; Other.
  • Security measures
    Alarm monitored; Alarm unmonitored; Special locks; Dog; High fence; Sensor locks; Sensor lights; Neighbourhood watch.


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