Reported drugs offences in Limavady double in a year

The most recent crime figures for the Limavady district show the number of drugs offfences has more than doubled in the last year.

The statistics show recorded drugs offences for 2011/12 numbered 89, however, that jumped to 137 in 2012/13, a change of 53.9 per cent.

Broken down the figures show drug trafficking offences increased from 28 to 41 in 2012/13, and drug non-trafficking increasing from 61 to 96 in 2012/13.

Other notable figures included an increase in fraud and forgery offences, increasing from 36 in 2012 to 61 in the last 12 months.

Burglary offences also increased from 116 to 157 in the last year. This includes burglary in a dwelling increasing from 49 to 89 and burglary in a building, other than a dwelling, increasing from 67 to 68.

Total property crime stayed relatively the same, down from 1,079 to 1,078 in the last year.

Violence against the person offences decreased slightly, down from 688 to 671. This includes violence against the person with injury increasing from 301 to 318 in the last year, an increase of 5.6 per cent. Violence against the person without injury decreased from 387 to 357.

Total recorded crime increased slightly, from 1,988 offences in to 2,001, a change of 0.7 per cent. The sanction detection rate decreased by 2.1 per cent in the last year, from 31.7 to 29.6 per cent.

A full breakdown of statistics by district and by area can be found at