Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Leafy Stranmillis Road in Belfast one of UK's worst spots for burglary

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Stranmillis has been named among the UK's worst three postcodes for burglary.

The leafy Belfast suburb may seem like an unlikely crime hotspot, but some 40 burglary offences were recorded there between January 2012 and June 2013.

It was pipped to the post of burglary capital of the UK by Lydd Road in the seaside resort of Camber Sands which recorded 49 offences and Gibbet Hill Road in Coventry where 45 offences were committed.

Data submitted to the Home Office by police reveal that 229 violent crimes were recorded at BT3 9FB, putting the airport third on the list of the UK's violence hotspots.

Bizarrely, Muckamore Abbey Hospital at BT41 4SF was named as the UK's worst postcode for violent crime, with 677 offences.

The mental health institution has a strict policy requiring physical contact to be recorded as violent, although police are not required to attend all incidents.

The data, published in the Mail on Sunday, came from details uploaded by every police force in the UK to a website maintained by the Home Office. It is the first time that crime rates have been compared for every postcode in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the course of more than a year.

Nick Herbert, the former Policing Minister who championed crime mapping, said: "The power of crime mapping is putting information in the hands of people.

"The information is no longer controlled by the authorities. It also means they are able to hold the authorities, including the police to account. I think it's a brilliant example of opening up government and using data as a way of empowering citizens."

FACTFILE

Our crime hotspots:

* Stranmillis Road – third worst postcode for burglary with 40 offences.

* Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Antrim – worst postcode for violent crime with 677 offences.

* George Best Belfast City Airport – third worst postcode for violent crime with 229 offences.

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