One in five fear being victim of car crime

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Almost one if five people in the North West think they will be the victim of car crime over the next twelve months, a new report suggests.

‘Perceptions of Crime: Findings from the 2012/13 Northern Ireland Crime Survey”, published by the North’s Department of Justice found that 19% of people living in the PSNI’s G District perceive it likely that they will be a victim of car crime within the next year - higher than burglary (14%) and violent crime (11%).

The majority (71%) of the 500 plus respondents in G District - an area that covers Derry, Strabane, Magherafelt and Limavady - say the fear of crime has only a minimal effect on their quality of life.

Both drug dealing and teenagers hanging around streets were perceived as the biggest problems within the G District area.

Justice Minister David Ford said the perception of crime is an important indicator of how safe the community in Northern Ireland feels.

“The perceived level of anti-social behaviour in local areas and fear of crime continues to fall with the largest majority of people to date (70%) indicating the effect of fear of crime on their quality of life to be minimal.”

You can read the report in full online at www.dojni.gov.uk