Over 700 tourist victims of crime received assistance from the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) in 2014, according to a newly released report.
The most common crimes perpetrated against tourists were theft from the person and theft from cars, with over 50% of assistance being provided at the weekends.
The statistics were launched at the annual ITAS meeting, in the Mansion House, Dublin.
Last year the Irish Tourist Assistance Service were referred 408 incidents of tourist crime and traumatic incidents involving 726 tourists. The main crime perpetrated against tourists was theft from person, which accounted for 52% of the cases referred. ITAS assisted tourists involved in 8 cases of violent crimes. These included aggravated thefts, assaults and robberies.
Dublin Garda Stations, particularly the city centre stations of Pearse Street and Store Street continued to refer the majority of the cases (89%) to ITAS followed by Garda Stations in counties Wicklow and Kerry.
German nationals made up the largest category assisted, followed by French, American, Italian, British and Spanish tourists. In all, tourists from 45 different countries were assisted.
Commenting at the event, Martin Holohan, Chairman of ITAS said: "Ireland is leading the way in terms of the support it provides to tourist victims of crime. ITAS is the only dedicated service in Europe offering specialist assistance to tourists in these situations."