Crime figures released for Derry

Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan, PSNI, Strand Road. INLS3714MC013
Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan, PSNI, Strand Road. INLS3714MC013

The PSNI have said that figures released today for the Derry city area show a decrease of the amount of crime reported during the 2014/2015 financial year, despite the fact that there was an increase in the reporting of domestic burglaries, sexual offences and fraud.

The total number of crimes reported was 7,909, down from 8,028 in the 2013/14 financial year.

However the figures show that the number of sexual offences reported in the area rose during the same period by 48 to 234. The number of frauds also increased by 39 to 113.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan, said:“I am pleased to see reductions in the number of violent incidents, down by 73 and in theft, a down by 61.

“However, I am concerned that the number of burglaries was up in the 12 months to the end of March. In particular there were 69 more domestic burglaries, though the number of commercial burglaries dropped.

“The number of domestic burglaries was a concern for us during the year and we mounted a number of specific operations and made arrests. It was clear to us that a number of hard-core burglars were operating. We have endeavoured to tackle this issue through our arrests and by enforcing strict bail conditions on those awaiting trial. I would continue to urge people in the community to help us, themselves and their neighbours by securing their property against criminals and reporting suspicious activity.”

Chief Inspector Callaghan added that police continued to tackle the use of illegal drugs as a priority.

“In all 398 drugs offences were detected, an increase of 20 over the previous financial year. We are making seizure and arrests on a weekly basis.”

The statistics can be viewed on the PSNI website at www.psni.police.uk