Crime on the rise in Derry

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Crime rose by 5% in Derry last year, new police figures reveal.

PSNI statistics published this morning show that almost 8,000 crimes were recorded in the police’s Foyle Area Command in 2011/12.

A total of 7,820 crimes were recorded in Foyle, up 5% on the number recorded in the previous twelve months.

The PSNI’s sanction detection rate ( the number of crimes cleared up) was 26.9% last year - a drop of 1.3% on the previous year.

Across the North crime fell by 1.6%. A total of 103,389 crimes were recorded last year - the lowest figure in 14 years.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the fall should be seen “alongside increasing levels of confidence in policing.”

Detailed coverage in tomorrow’s ‘Derry Journal’.