Belfast Telegraph

Burglary rate 'alarming'

The local community needs to do more to help police tackle commercial and domestic burglaries.

That was the message from East Belfast DPP member Jim Rodgers during last week's meeting of the partnership in Knock Presbyterian Church.

Councillor Rodgers said that the increase in burglaries for the second year running — up by 67 domestic and eight commercial incidents — was “alarming”.

“The police force needs to do more to apprehend those behind these burglaries,” he said. “Unfortunately a growing number of people are not reporting incidents. Residents are saying that it is a waste of time, because they feel nothing is being done about it.Thankfully the police are aware of this and know they need to do more to increase confidence among the public.”

Area commander, Chief Inspector Yvonne Davidson said that while the past year (April 2009 to Mar 2010) had been challenging, “it should be borne in mind that we are still experiencing a downward trend in overall burglary and domestic burglary”.

“Since 2002/03 burglary has decreased by 30 percent (352 crimes) and domestic burglary by 21.5 percent (140 crimes),” she said.

“We have also experienced increases in violent crime of 4.1 percent and in theft of 4.2 percent.”

She continued: “The current economic climate provides challenges for all of us, but especially the police in trying to tackle crime so in the forthcoming year we will continue to target resources at those areas and crimes where the community are most at risk.

“We will also continue to work in partnership with the community and engage with key partner agencies in order to provide a safer environment for all who live, work, and socialise within the area.”

The 12 month report by the District Policing Partnership revealed that recorded crime fell by 5.8 percent, which equates to 321 fewer crimes.

Other reductions last year included a 30.9 percent drop in criminal damage, a 22.1 percent drop in fraud and forgery and a 9.1 percent drop in incidents of antisocial behaviour.

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