GARDAÍ have reported an increase in the number of cases in Cork involving menacing phonecalls and text messages.
The reporting of these crimes has increased 65% in the first nine months of the year compared to 2018, according to the latest figures released by the gardaí.
At the city’s Joint Policing Committee meeting, Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said crimes of this kind had increased from 26 to 43, a rise of 17 incidents.
The crimes involve threatening text messages and phonecalls, which gardaí said previously went unreported in many cases.
Supt O’Sullivan said there was a prevalence of this type of behaviour in recent times and the issue was becoming more and more common.
“There are an awful lot of people who wouldn’t have reported things long ago but now they are coming forward because we are highlighting the issue and we have specialised units to deal with these kinds of complaints, said Supt O’Sullivan.
“The knowledge that these units are there has led to an increase in reporting.”
Superintendent Mick Comyns, who heads up the city’s detective branch, said that people seem to get carried away on apps such as WhatsApp.
“When people see these things on their phone if they are in fear then they are coming to the gardaí and obviously they have the evidence, so it is very clear cut,” he said.
While this form of threatening has increased, the figures showed that harassment, stalking and threats have reduced considerably, down 21% compared to the first nine months of 2018.