Crime in Causeway area down by 3.6 per cent - PSNI

Area Commander John Magill
Area Commander John Magill

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

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.”