250 crimes Reported each month
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
DESPITE an increase in the number of crimes being recorded in Newry city centre every month, police boss Davy Beck has said the city is a much safer place than it was five years ago.
The latest figures on NI Crime Maps reveal that on average 250 crimes are being reported to police every month, with anti-social behaviour and violent or sexual offences being most common.
July witnessed the highest number of recorded crimes in the city centre since September 2011, with a total of 320 incidents being reported to police.
However Chief Inspector Beck said more officers "are in the right place, at the right time" to detect offences: "We have officers out on the streets and they are proactively dealing with offenders, which will result in an increase in the figures, but there is more early intervention and we're in the right place at the right time."
July this year had the highest number of recorded crimes in the city centre since September 2011. A total of 320 crimes were reported to police, the majority of which were anti-social behaviour or violence and sexual offences.
The majority of offences took place in the Edward Street area of the city in July, with 11 crimes reported. Most of these crimes were related to criminal damage or arson.
In June, 317 incidents of crime were reported to police, with the majority also being anti-social behaviour and sexual offences. There were 10 incidents reported in the Trevor Hill area, half of which were related to violence or sexual offences.
The second hot spot for crime was Mill Street where nine offences were committed in June, most of which were also related to anti-social behaviour.
The records, which date back to September 2011, show that anti-social behaviour and violence and sexual offences are consistently the highest number of offences committed each month.
Area Commander, Chief Inspector Davy Beck said while there has a been an increase in crimes reported, Newry remains much safer than it was five years ago.
“The figures wouldn't necessarily indicate where we are - looking at figures from the last five years, crime is down significantly. There will always be peaks and troughs with the figures but the positive indicator is that there has been a clear decrease in crime. Anti-social behaviour is down by between 30-40 per cent and violent crime has also reduced significantly.
“Newry is a night time economy and with people on the streets it can result in anti-social behaviour and assaults. We are actively working with the Council, door staff and private businesses to ensure Newry is a safer place.
“We have officers out on the streets and they are proactively dealing with offenders, which will results in an increase in the figures, but there is more early intervention and we're in the right place at the right time. We are dealing with more minor crimes, which leads to less of the more serious incidents. And If you look at more serious incidents recently, there were very swift arrests."
Chief Inspector Beck said he would encourage the public to use the NI Crime Maps website: "It's a very good tool, and very useful to deal with perceptions of crime, particularly for people living in rural areas. They may think there is a lot of crime in their area but when you drill down into it you may find crime is actually a lot lower."
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