10 Aug 2022

Concerns not enough being done to combat 'repeat offenders' after homes burgled in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry yesterday morning

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has called for a greater policing response to crime in Ballymagroarty following a spate of break-ins on Sunday morning. "There is a concern that not enough is being done to combat the criminality taking place on a regular basis, particularly from repeat offenders," Cllr McGinley said. "Whilst elected representatives such as myself - along with community activists and youth workers - can contribute to removing crime from the community the primary responsibility lies with the PSNI and the justice system to respond effectively to this problem. "Measures such as the installation of improved street lighting which is taking place and home security measures available through the Policing and Community Safety Partnership can help deter and prevent crime but more is required from the PSNI. He added; "I will be meeting with the PSNI this week to raise my concerns and I will be highlighting the need for more policing resources for the Ballymagroarty area, not just in response to the type of criminality we witnessed at the weekend but also in relation to low level anti-community behaviour which has been taking place in the top part of the estate."

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