Crime down in Limavady - top cop

Crime is down in the Limavady area for the financial year 2011/2012, the local Police Area Commander, Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson, has said.

Official statistics show a reduction in overall crime compared with the previous financial year, making Limavady a safer place to live.

He was commenting following the release of Northern Ireland’s annual crime statistics, which show that the number of offences reported to police in Limavady dropped by 178 to 1,988 a decrease of 8.2%

• Overall crime in Limavady is down by 8.2% compared with this time last year: (178 fewer crimes).

• Significant decrease in Burglary, down 42.6%, (86 fewer incidents).

• Violent crimes with injury have reduced by 26.9%, (111 fewer incidents which means over 100 less victims).

• The clearance rate in Limavady is currently 31.5%, (the highest clearance rate in the PSNI).

Limavady Area Commander Chief Inspector, Sam Donaldson said, “This has been a successful year for police and demonstrates how committed we are to reducing crime in our local communities. Overall crime is down in Limavady and we currently have the highest clearance rates in the PSNI. This means an offender is more likely to be caught in Limavady than anywhere else in Northern Ireland.”

Area Commander Donaldson continued: “There has been a substantial drop in certain types of crime which are of particular concern to the community, such as offences against the person, violent crime, robberies and burglaries. I hope this will reassure the public that together, Police and the community are committed to making a difference.

“While this reduction is to be welcomed, we are not complacent. It is our aim to ensure that we have the right number of police officers on our streets, in our communities and neighbourhoods to ensure that we continue to keep our communities safer.

“We still have much to do and our efforts will be focused on listening to communities, identifying local issues of concern and working together to solve them.”