There has been a significant decrease in the number of homes being burgled in Derry, according to new figures released by the PSNI.

The figures were released as part of the PSNI’s annual crime statistics for 2016/17, which were published yesterday.

According to the figures released for the Derry and Strabane area, there has been a marked decrease in the number of homes burgled in the city from April/March 2016 to April/March 2017.

The figures show that in comparison to the last year’s figures, where there were 409 domestic burglaries, 276 were recorded this year, a 32.5 per cent drop.

However, the same figures show that there was a slight increase in non-domestic burglaries, with 170 recorded this year in comparison to 162 in 2016.

The statistics showed an increase in sexual offences, 307 in 2017 compared to 286 last year, an increase of 21.

The PSNI’s figures also revealed that there had been 50 less drugs offences recorded by police this year, 410 compared to 460.

In addition, there has also been a drop in the number of shoplifting offences recorded locally, 529 down to 465, while bicycle thefts also dropped from 55 down to 34.

In regards to the total number of crimes recorded, they dropped from 9,425 last year to 8,510, a decrease of 915.

The PSNI has said that the latest crime figures are at their lowest level since the series commenced almost 20 years ago.

Commenting, the Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said the PSNI is ‘committed to keeping people safe and we welcome the fact there has been a decrease in the number of crimes recorded’.“These figures show a snapshot of crime types we are dealing with,” he said, “but it is also important to acknowledge that although the statistics show the number of traditional crimes recorded has fallen, demand on policing is increasing and becoming more complex as traditional crime has given way to those less visible, more complex crimes such as public protection offending and cyber-crime.”

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