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25/09/2021

Derry councillor concerned at official report of increase in violent crime in council area

shauna cusack
SDLP Councillor and Policing and Community Safety Partnerships member Shauna Cusack has expressed concern on the statistics released by PSNI for the April/May period showing an increase in violent crime. Cllr Cusack states: "It is very disappointing to read some of these figures which show there has been a considerable increase in this type of crime since the same period last year. This means violence against the person saw 56 more incidences than April/May 2017. Drug offences have also increased by 38 crimes for the same months. "This has lead to an overall increase recorded crime of 3.7 % for this area, for these months compared to last year. "While crimes relating to sexual offences and burglary decreased respectively by 17 and 25 crimes this is a positive step, however ideally we want all crime to reduce year on year. "I’m glad to hear that anti-social incidences here are now lower than the three other major Council areas in the North and have reduced by 114 reported incidences, evidently there is still a lot of work to be done in this area. "I welcome all and any progress to date on those statistics which have reduced, but I also understand we still have a long way to go. Working closely daily with the authorities, the Community Safety Wardens, Council and the general public, I will continue to concentrate my efforts on helping to make our streets, communities and homes safer, and our City and District one to be welcoming and proud of. If we are to achieve this , everyone has their part to play."

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