Reported crime drops by 11 per cent

Chief Constable Matt Baggott.
Chief Constable Matt Baggott.

REPORTED crime across the borough dropped by 11 per cent last year, according to the PSNI’s latest statistics.

The PSNI said that between April 2012 and March 2013 there were 3,494 reports of crime to local police. That was an 11 per cent reduction on the previous period, which saw 3,924 crimes reported.

Detection rates also increased for the reporting period from 22.1 per cent to 24 per cent.

The biggest issue reported to police was concerning criminal damage while reports of burglary dropped by 25 per cent.

Across the province, reported crime dropped by almost three per cent with over 100,000 incidents logged.

Overall, the number of crimes police cleared rose slightly from 26.3 per cent to 26.4 per cent.

Anti-social behaviour was the most reported crime during the period with police receiving over 65,000 complaints covering a wide range of incidents. Incidents of robbery, burglaries, violence against the person, offences against vehicles and criminal damage decreased.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the reduction in reported crime showed increasing levels of confidence in the police.

He said: “I am very pleased that reported crime has now fallen to a 15-year low.

“Every day, police officers and our staff work tirelessly across Northern Ireland, to keep people safe and this shows that their courage, commitment and determination is making a real difference.

“This encouraging news should be seen alongside ever increasing levels of confidence in police and very positive victim satisfaction results.

“Taken together they show that policing is contributing fully to create a safer and positive future.”

Meanwhile, the Police Ombudsman office has revealed that complaints against local officers has decreased for the third year in a row.

In 2011/12 the office received 112 complaints compared to 127 the previous period.

Complaints against local officers peaked in 2009/10 at 130 reports compared with just 82 the previous year, which was the lowest recorded number of complaints since 2007.

The highest amount of complaints concerned criminal investigations according to statistics from the Ombudsman.