Limavady crime up ‘very slightly’

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Overall crime is up “very slightly” in Limavady, with an increase of 13 incidents, according to new PSNI figures.

The most recent crime statistics were released on Friday, and show overall crime figures across Northern Ireland are now at a 15 year low.

“Despite a small increase of 2.6% in overall crime in G District, which covers Foyle, Strabane, Limavady and Magherafelt, we have seen an increase in our detections rates which is good news,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

Limavady Area Commander Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson said yesterday: “Overall crime in Limavady is up very slightly – an increase of just 13 incidents, however, behind every crime is a victim and we are working extremely hard everyday to keep people safe. At first glance our burglary figures might give cause for concern but, in the overall context, this type of crime is at its second lowest level since 1998.

“While statistics are an important indicator of how police are tackling crime we firmly believe that the quality of service we provide to victims and the public’s sense of feeling safe in their communities is at the heart of how we measure our success as a police service.

“Personal engagement, an accessible service and community based solutions are key to successful policing here in Limavady.”

Chair of Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers said any increase in crime was a concern.

“There is always a human story behind every crime, therefore it is up to us as a community to watch out for our neighbours and look out for one another and, if we see anything suspicious, to report it to the police,” she said.