PSNI must tackle rise in burglaries
According to official police figures, the number of burglaries in east Belfast has risen by 41% in the last year. This substantial rise in the amount of burglaries in east Belfast is unsettling, as the traumatic effects such crimes can have on victims can be long-lasting.
Burglars don't only rob people of items with financial, or sentimental, value - they leave behind psychological scars on their victims.
One area specifically where there has been a worrying trend of attacks in recent times has been on the homes of the elderly and the most vulnerable.
We regularly read reports from the PSNI suggesting that they are clamping down on this sort of crime across Northern Ireland. I question whether they are doing enough right now. Are they doing enough to put those responsible behind bars?
An increase in patrols in known hotspots would be a welcome start in proactively tackling these issues.
Ukip Assembly candidate for East Belfast