One in five fear being victim of car crime


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