Drop in assaults in Kilkenny year on year

poster from An Garda Síochana Streetwise campaign

The number of assaults reported to gardaí in Kilkenny city and county has decreased according to figures released this week.

In Kilkenny a total of 330 assaults were reported to gardaí in 2016. Of these, injuries of varying degrees were reported in 79 cases.

The 2016 figures show a decrease in reported assaults from 2015, with 362 reported in Kilkenny city and county of which 72 resulted in an injury been inflicted.

For the first two months of 2017, 45 assaults have been reported to gardaí in Kilkenny, 12 of which involved an injury been inflicted. This is down from 60 reported cases for the first two months of 2016 with 16 causing injury.

The last phase of An Garda Siochana Safety Campaign for March 2017, “Streetwise”, focuses on Assaults. This campaign is aimed at the perpetrator as well as the would be victim .

The message from An Garda Siochana is very clear – assaulting a person can drastically impact on, and even ruin your life. Assaults can end up in court proceedings, the outcomes of which can impact very negatively on those convicted, with the imposition of fines. Outcomes of court proceedings for assaults have also resulted in travel restrictions, work restrictions or custodial sentences.

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