Crime down but public help still needed - PSNI

Police in Limavady are urging residents throughout the borough to continue reporting suspicious activity as new statistics reveal the number of domestic burglaries and drugs seizures have dropped.

Limavady PSNI Area Commander, Sam Donaldson revealed at a recent meeting of Limavady District Policing Partnership that in several cases information reported by members of the public has led to “good arrests and charges”.

For the period April-June 2010, domestic burglaries were down 5.5 per cent on the same period last year, while drug seizures were down 62.9 per cent on the same period in 2010.

“We thank the public and we urge them to continue to do that,” he said. “People should never underestimate what one call regarding suspicious information can do.”

Mr. Donaldson admitted the PSNI have work to do regarding victim/caller update but pledged officers “are working on that”.

Regarding drugs seizures in the town, Mr. Donaldson revealed they were down almost 63 per cent for the current reporting period; 13 seizures for April-June 2011 compared to 35 for the same period last year.

“Don’t think for one minute we are taking our eye off the ball on this, because we haven’t,” the Area Commander declared. “Our focus remains unchanged. It is a priority for us and a priority for the community.”

Police say various factors appear to be affecting the seizure rates such as a decrease in good “actionable” information and intelligence and a change in the way both dealers and buyers operate.

“We need the public to come foward with any information they have - who, what, when - just pass it on, “ said Insp. Clive Spence. “We will follow up on it.”

Police also report a drop in domestic burglaries which earlier this year said was a “nightmare” for them. In the period April-June 2011 there were 17, compared to 18 for the same period last year.

“In December 2010, there were 10 burglaries; January 2011 we had 21 and in February we had 20 and 11 in March; a total of 62 burglaries over a four-month period. In July, we had one burglary,” explained Insp. Spence. “It’s high on our radar and I like to think the secret was after it was identified as a major problem at the start of the year we pushed resources to deal with it and concentrate on it and basically directed resources at the right place at the right time.”

Police also reported violence with inury crimes are down 29 per cent for the period April-June 2011 compared to the same period last year, 85 compared to 114.