Residents‘ concern over repeat offender crime
Residents in the Lower Ormeau area are concerned about break-ins and anti-social behaviour by repeat offenders living in the area, according to a local MLA.
The fears come after a number of burglaries in Farnham Street at the weekend, when a number of houses were broken into and a car was stolen and others damaged.
Mr Maskey, who visited residents in the area on Monday morning, said: “A number of houses were broken into on Farnham Street. In addition to this a car was stolen and others damaged. Those responsible for this are well known to the community as repeat offenders.
“Both myself and the residents that I have spoken to are concerned that repeat offenders have been able to cause so much trouble within this community.
“What is required is firm action and I am calling upon not only the PSNI, but other agencies such as the Housing Executive, to ensure that firm action is taken.
“If necessary, this should include eviction by the Housing Executive.”
Three men have been charged with burglary in relation to incidents in Farnham Street.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: “The PSNI will not shirk its responsibility in dealing with perpetrators of such crimes and is committed to tackling this issue robustly and proactively, targeting individuals and disrupting the activities of criminal gangs.
“Initiatives such as Operation Lockdown and Operation Heartbreak have focused on tackling burglaries as well as anti-social behaviour and prolific offenders in the Lower Ormeau and Holy Land areas, and across the greater Belfast area.”
A Northern Ireland Housing Executive spokeswoman said its South Belfast District Office is carrying out an investigation regarding the incidents.
“The office now has a dedicated anti-social behaviour officer, who is currently arranging to visit a number of homes in Farnham Street,” she said.
“The housing officer is also making arrangements to visit to further investigate reports from local residents.
“We take all reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously and will take whatever steps necessary to bring such behaviour to an end.”