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62 fewer victims of crime in Derry and Strabane district - Drop also in ASBs issued
31 Jan 2019
There were 61 less victims of crime in the Derry and Strabane District Council area for the period April-December 2018 compared to the same period the previous year, it has emerged. Two hundred and sixty-nine anti-social behaviour (ASB) orders were also issued. The figures were obtained by the Policing Committee of Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) t with senior PSNI officers to discuss the District Commander’s nine month report for 2018/19 (April – December 2018). At the meeting members of the Policing Committee raised issues such as the PSNI response to the recent bomb attack at Bishop Street, rural burglaries, the flying of Parachute Regiment flags in Newbuildings, tackling drug availability, other hate crimes and reporting of domestic and sexual violence. In a joint statement issued after the meeting, Alderman Mary Hamilton (PCSP chair) and Patsy McGonagle (PCSP vice-chairr) described the meeting as "positive and constructive" with police presenting their report on crime in the district for the first nine months of this financial year. They added: "Officers advised us of progress against the targets set out in the Local Policing Plan for 2018/19. “The members welcomed the overall 1.0% reduction in crime in the Council area over this period equating to 62 fewer victims of crime. "Members noted that ASB has reduced by 6.9% or 269 fewer incidents of ASB when compared to the same nine months of last year. "Members also commended officers for the professional and speedy manner with which they dealt with the bomb (pictured) in Bishop Street and the subsequent hijackings across the city. “Both PCSP members and PSNI condemned the erection of Parachute Regiment flags in Newbuildings specifically to coincide with the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and agreed that this type of hate crime has no place in our district,” she went on. “The Partnership acknowledged the positive partnerships and collective approach to tacking crime and increasing community safety in the district. Police thanked the PCSP, statutory partners, community groups and indeed the general public for contributing to this encouraging reduction.”
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