Crime at lowest in a decade

Crime in Derry is at its lowest in a decade, the city’s police chief revealed last night.

Overall crime in the city has been “slashed by 7%” - a figure which equates to 300 fewer victims than in the previous 12 months, Area Commander Jon Burrows told the ‘Journal’.

According to the latest statistics, there were 100 fewer victims of burglary in the city compared to last year and more than 150 fewer victims of assault. Between April and July of this year there were 600 fewer anti-social cases than were recorded in the same period in 2010.

Chief Inspector Burrows said the cut in crime was a direct result of a “good focus on neighbourhood policing in partnership with the local community”. He added: “This success could not have been achieved without the help and active support of our partners, community leaders and the public. Reducing crime and making people feel safer in their homes is of primary importance to police.

“The public should feel confident that officers in Foyle are taking all necessary steps to disrupt criminal activity in the local area.”

The latest figures were released yesterday as Chief Inspector Burrows publicly launched a new no nonsense operation to crack down on criminals who remain unlawfully at large in Derry. Operation Relentless focuses on tracking down people who have failed to turn up at court and are wanted for criminal offences in the Derry area. Almost 60 people have been arrested since the beginning of the operation. See page 3.