There have been almost 1,500 crimes recorded by the PSNI in the urban and rural areas of Limavady over the past six months, writes Sheena Jackson.
Statistics available and published by police forces show that from June to November 2014 there were a total of 1,346 crimes - 863 crimes recorded in the urban area while 483 crimes were recorded for the rural area, which includes Dungiven, Magilligan, Ballykelly and Greysteel.
Crimes peaked in July 2014 for both urban and rural areas at 157 and 107 respectively. Crime was at its lowest in October in the rural area, at 66, while the lowest number of crimes - 119 - were recorded in the town in November. In both urban and rural areas anti social behaviour was the crime committed the most throughout the six months - 360 in total in the urban area and 184 in the rural area.
Other crimes include arson and criminal damage, drugs, vehicle crime, bicycle theft and sexual offences.
SDLP Councillor Michael Coyle, chair of Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership said: “The figures are quite interesting in that they show that anti social behaviour is roughly a third of the overall crime figure. This can stem from the effects of alcohol and is likely to occur in densely populated areas.
“This is a concern that the PCSP have highlighted over the years to the local police in Limavady. While the police are doing their best, solving the problem of anti social behaviour can be addressed by other organisations.”