Crime falls in Derry - police figures reveal

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There has been a 1.8 per cent reduction in overall crime in Derry, figures released by the Police Service for 2013/14 show.

With 8,028 crimes reported, there were 149 fewer victims of crime, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows, the Area Commander, said.

Chief Inspector Burrows said the crimes reflected reductions in violence with injury (down by 171); theft (down by 101); burglary (down by 75) and criminal damage (down by 248).

He added: “There are, though, some areas that continue to concern us and one of those is the number of incidents of violence that did not lead to injury. We saw an increase of 171 incidents and many of those are associated with overindulgence in alcohol and the night time economy. These are areas we will be looking at.

“The number of drugs offences detected also increased by 84, which also reflects the priority we give to them. In 2013/14 we seized around a quarter of a million pounds worth of drugs and made almost 300 arrests. That is a measure of our response, and it is a priority that people in the Derry community share.