PSNI focus on burglaries as crime rises

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The latest crime figures show burglaries in Derry are up by more than 20% over the last twelve months.

A PSNI spokeswoman said “much of our focus over the next year will be on reducing burglary.”

The latest PSNI statistics reveal a total of 643 burglaries were reported in Derry last year, up from 526 in 2011/12.

“A number of proactive operations will take place to increase public awareness around home security and target our most prolific burglars,” the spokeswoman said.

Overall crime rose by 4.6% in Derry last year. Fraud and forgery (64%) and drug offences (75%) showed the biggest increases over the 12 month period.

The spokeswoman said the latest figures show some highlights including “a decrease in criminal damage and thefts from vehicles.”

“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.”

In total, 8,177 crimes were committed in the PSNI’s Foyle Area Command, a rise of 357 on the previous year.

Over the same time frame, the PSNI detection rate (the number of crimes cleared up) rose from 26.3% in 2011/12 to 27% last year.

Across the wider north west, crime rose in the PSNI’s G District - an area that includes Derry, Strabane, Limavady and Magherafelt - by 2.6%.

Detection rates also rose by 0.9%.

In the north as a whole, the latest PSNI figures show crime fell by 2.9% last year to a 15 year low.

A total of 100,389 crimes were reported to police in 2012/13.

Commenting on the NI figures, Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the drop in crime shows officers’ “courage, commitment and determination is making a real difference.”