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Crime rate in Northern Ireland lowest for decade – PSNI boss

Published 29/03/2013

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott
Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott

Crime in Northern Ireland is at its lowest level in a decade, the chief constable has said.

Matt Baggott said that recorded crime is at its lowest since 2002-3.

He added that recorded crime figures show that the risk of becoming a victim of crime remains lower in Northern Ireland than in England and Wales.

Confidence in policing has also reached its highest ratings to date, according to Mr Baggott.

Speaking at the annual update of the Northern Ireland Policing Board's three-year policing plan, Mr Baggott said the PSNI's performance "was achieved against a backdrop of significant operational demands and events from the Olympic torch run and Jubilee celebrations, to the very serious disorder of late summer and the violence linked to flag protests in recent months".

Policing Board chairman Brian Rea warned that the year ahead brings "significant challenges" for the PSNI.

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