Police and courts across the country have been busy over the past few weeks working on the rollout of new crime record checks, and they’re taking advantage of the latest data to decide which record holder they should be looking for.
The Irish Times is running a series of weekly crime and record searches to find out which record holders you should be targeting when looking for information on crime.
Read more: What to look for in your local garda station crime report The latest figures show that over half of the recorded crime cases were committed by someone on the sex offender register, with a further two per cent committed by people on the anti-social behaviour register.
The main problem with these records, however, is that they don’t include many other people’s information.
That’s where a search can help.
In this case, we wanted to find people who had been convicted of crimes for which they could not be named.
“You can’t search for people who are in prison, and you can’t check someone’s name against the sex offenders register,” said Sergeant Mark Fitzgerald, from the Garda National Bureau of Investigation (BNI).
“That means it’s very hard to determine what sort of crime they are committing or who they are involved with.
We can use other types of information such as convictions or police reports.
It’s important that we are able to identify those people.”
In order to make that work, we had to start looking at people who have convictions and police reports for offences for which no-one else can be identified.
“The most common record holder in this instance was the convicted murderer and rapist Frank McAteer, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two women.
The victims were 20-year-old Christine McCrea and 17-year, Claire McGrath.
A search of McAteerr’s file revealed that he had been in prison since 1988, for murder.
The BNI is working with a number of other forces to look into the case.
He was convicted in 1993 of raping two girls aged 15 and 16.
He was given a life sentence in 1998 for murder and was released in 2002.
The other most common offender in the records we searched was an unemployed woman, who had a previous conviction for assault and rape.
She had a conviction for theft in the same year she committed the crime.
The victim in this case was 15-year old Rachel Condon.
A record of an offence committed by the woman was included in McAteers records, but not the crime that caused the offence.
Fitzgerald said: “This is the case of someone who is not a registered sex offender and the crime they committed.
It can be a very serious crime, but you have to take it on board.
“It’s important to look at the context of the crime so that you are able, in the future, to make a judgement as to whether it’s worth investigating.”
If it’s not, you shouldn’t go looking for the person who committed it.
“This is just one example of the new data collection being carried out by the Gardai.
They have already been working on a national crime database and have also begun searching for people on parole or probation.
As part of their new record-keeping system, the BNI also wants to use a new system for people to report crimes they may have seen online.
The new system, known as a crime reference, will see online crime data linked to other crime data, with the aim of bringing those crimes to the attention of the police.
It will be rolled out to all police forces by the end of the year.”
We are going to start using this new crime data to make better decisions and to see what we can do to improve policing in the community.”