Making Limavady a safe place for everyone - top cop

Police in Limavady have been making every effort to ensure that the area remains a safe place to live, work and visit for everyone, says the town’s top cop.

PSNI Area Commander Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson says: “Sometimes the fear of crime, particularly in rural areas, is out of sync with what is actually happening. Two or three incidents can understandably generate concern in our communities therefore with the Christmas season approaching here are some interesting facts about where you live.

“Overall crime is down with 150 fewer victims compared with this time last year.

“Violent crime is on the decrease and we aim to meet our policing plan target.

“Burglaries are down by around 39% and our clearance rate for this type of crime is the highest in the Police Service.”

Chief Inspector Donaldson adds that although the figures are positive, behind every statistic is a victim of crime.

“We are certainly aware of the devastation crime has on victims and we are making strides every day in partnership with communities to reduce the chances of someone in our community being burgled, assaulted or robbed. However it is equally important for residents to feel safe in their homes and neighbourhoods. I would ask you to continue to engage with your officers, particularly our neighbourhood teams and, if you are concerned over the holiday season, let us know. Thank you for your continued support.”

Police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 – details of how to contact the Neighbourhood Officer for your area can be found on the PSNI website.