Crime in Causeway area down by 3.6 per cent - PSNI

Reported crime in the Causeway and Glens area has fallen in the past year according to the latest PSNI statistics.

Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 9:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 11:31 am
Area Commander John Magill

The figures show there were 233 fewer incidents reported in 2015/16 than the previous year, a percentage drop of 3.6 per cent.

Across Northern Ireland reported crime increased by 1.8 per cent.

Local District Commander Superintendent John Magill said: “The crime figures show that our strategy to police throughout the Causeway Coast and Glens District has been a success in the last year.”

The PSNI figures reveal domestic burglaries fell by 11.5 per cent, while theft offences have dropped significantly in key areas with a 14.3 per cent overall reduction in thefts.

“We have also shown an improvement in our ongoing strategy to tackle drug crime. There was a 1.5 per cent decrease in overall drugs offences, while possession offences fell by 2.8 per cent.

“Whilst there was a 4.1 per cent increase in trafficking offences, I am confident that we will continue to make inroads into tackling that issue in the coming year,” said Supt. Magill.

“Although we have seen a rise in public order offences and offences involving possession of offensive weapons, what this in reality means is that more offences have been detected and a greater number of dangerous weapons have been removed from our streets.

“I believe the crime figures for the past year show we are going in the right direction.

“However, I do acknowledge that there are areas where we can improve, and with the help of the community we can continue to build upon the areas in which we have already improved.”