Police chief says rise in crime ‘disappointing’

Thursday, 25 May 2017

INCREASES in drugs, cyber and sexual offences contributed to a rise in crime in Mid and East Antrim last year, new figures revealed last week.
The area saw a 3.1% increase in recorded crime last year, which contrasts with a 6.6% fall in crime across Northern Ireland.
A total of 5,735 crimes were recorded in the year to March 31, 2017, up from 5,565 the previous year.
However local police District Commander, superintendent Darrin Jones, said the figures needed to be understood in their correct context.
Supt Jones, said while it is disappointing to see an increase in crime compared to last year, the increase should be set in the context of what has been a challenging 12 months for police and the community.
He added: "The actual increase amounts to 170 more crimes. However compared to the other 10 policing districts we still have one of the lowest crime rates in Northern Ireland.
“Areas where crime has increased in Mid and East Antrim centres on our drug activity with 68 more recorded incidents of drugs possession.
“This shows the level of focus and commitment we are bringing to disrupting the supply of illegal drugs in our district. We also saw a decrease in crimes involving violence against the person, burglary and theft from vehicles.
“Sexual offences have increased and while this is obviously concerning it does reflect the confidence of victims coming forward to police.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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