Crime on the decrease
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
CRIME is falling in the Newry, Mourne and Down policing district, according to the latest figures available from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
In the 12 month period from February 2015 to February 2016, the number of recorded crimes was 8,735. However, in the period February 2016 to February this year, that number had fallen by 631 (7.22%) to 8,104.
For Northern Ireland as a whole, the figures have also shown a significant drop. In the 12 month period from February 2015 to February 2016, there was a total of 105,247 recorded crimes, with this falling to 98,292 for the period from February 2016 to February this year, a fall of 6.6 percent.
The statistics for the Newry, Mourne and Down district are broken down further into specific categories of offence for the periods April 2015 to February 2016 and April 2016 to February 2017 and make for interesting reading, showing as they do decreases across most categories - but modest increases in a handful.
The largest decrease is in the category of violence against the person. This has two sub-categories, namely violence without injury (including homicide) and violence without injury.
It is in the latter category that there has been a fall of 19.7 percent, with there being 1,616 such offences from April 2015 to February 2016, which dropped to 1,297 in the latest period.
In the theft category, there has also been a sizeable fall in the number of non-domestic burglaries.
There were 263 of these in the period from April 2015 to February 2016, which had fallen to 216 during the latter period. This represents a decrease of 17.9 percent.
Trafficking of drugs offences have also been on the wane, with 59 such offences recorded in the period from April 2015 to February 2016, and 51 recorded in the latest period, a fall of 13.6 percent.
As regards the increases, the largest rise was in public order offences. In the months from April 2015 to February 2016, the police recorded 103 offences, rising to 115 for April 2016 to February this year. This is a rise of 11.7 percent.
Possession of drugs offences have also been on the rise. Some 369 of these offences were recorded in the period from April 2015 to February 2016. That figure climbed to 390 for April 2016 to February this year, an increase of 5.7 percent.
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