Belfast Telegraph

Revealed: New map shows Northern Ireland's most dangerous streets

By Sara Girvin

Ever wondered what crimes are being committed in your city, town, or even in your street?

The maps available at www.police.uk, which are updated on a regular basis, outline which crimes are being committed where -- and even link them to a specific street.

Across town and cities in Northern Ireland, anti-social behaviour is the single biggest issue facing police, closely followed by crimes of a violent or sexual nature.

When the mapping technology was first released in Northern Ireland late last year, Justice Minister David Ford said: "The perception of crime in local communities often differs sharply from the reality.

"The website will enable the public to get accurate, relevant and timely information about crime and anti-social behaviour levels in their area.

"With this information, the PSNI is empowering local communities to not only hold their local officers to account but also to work with them and others in the local police to develop solutions on areas of concern."

CENTRAL Belfast topped the crime list with 1,441 crimes committed in the month of May alone.

The biggest problem in the capital city was anti-social behaviour with 574 incidents reported, followed closely by 254 violent or sexual offences.

The most dangerous street in Belfast in May was ROYAL AVENUE where 28 crimes took place; 17 counts of shoplifting, five of anti-social behaviour, two violent or sex offences and one of burglary, one drug related incident, one other theft and one theft from the person.

Royal Avenue has hit the headlines in recent months and years after a number of vicious attacks. Belfast pensioner John Hickey, 72, died at a bus stop on Royal Avenue after being shoved onto the ground.

Gareth Ashe, 31, was jailed for a year in May, half of which he will spend on licence, after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Hickey on January 21 2012.

Belfast also had the most drugs offences with 37 counts reported, and the most burglaries at 51.

LONDONDERRY took second place on the crime list with 410 offences committed.

Again, anti-social behaviour was the top issue with 172 incidents, followed by 92 reports of violent or sexual offences.

The most crime ridden street in Derry was FOYLE STREET where 13 crimes were reported; six violent or sexual offences, two of anti-social behaviour, two of shoplifting, one of criminal damage and arson, one other theft and one other crime.

A total of 249 crimes where committed in the seaside town of Bangor.

There were 96 reports of anti-social behaviour and 51 of violent or sex offences. Most crimes took place in HIGH STREET where there were eight violent or sex offences, two episodes of criminal damage or arson, one of shoplifting, one of other theft and one of anti-social behaviour.

COLERAINE saw 220 crimes during May. Nearly half of those, 103, were anti-social behaviour related while 43 were violent or sexual offences.

NEW ROW saw the most crime with six reports of shoplifting, four of anti-social behaviour and three violent or sex offences.

There were 207 crimes committed in Newry in May.

Some 64 of those were attributed to anti-social behaviour and 35 to violent or sexual crimes.

Most crimes happened in ALTNAVEIGH PARK and BUTTERCRANE QUAY where there were seven incidents each.

Some 205 incidents of crime took place in Ballymena in May.

There were 82 reports of anti-social behaviour, 33 of "other theft", 24 of shoplifting and 24 violent or sexual offences.

Most crime took place on HIGH STREET where there were 12 reports of shoplifting, three of anti-social behaviour, one other theft and one violent or sexual offence.

There were 198 reports of crime in Portadown.

Some 81 of those were anti-social behaviour related while 52 were violence or sex related.

Most crimes were committed in WEST STREET which saw six reports of violent or sex related crime, three of anti-social behaviour, three of other theft and one of criminal damage or arson.

A total of 190 crimes were reported in the city of Lisburn.

There were 78 incidents of anti-social behaviour and 41 violent and sex offences.

BOW STREET saw the highest crime rate with six episodes of shoplifting, two of criminal damage or arson, one of anti-social behaviour and one drugs offence.

There were 156 crimes reported in Downpatrick in May.

A total of 56 of those were attributed to anti-social behaviour while there were 38 violent or sexual offences.

Most crimes took place in MARKET STREET; there were six episodes of anti-social behaviour, four of other theft, two of shoplifting, two violent or sexual offences, one public order offences and one other crime.

The largest town in Co Fermanagh, Enniskillen, had a crime count of 148.

A total of 58 episodes of anti-social behaviour and 38 violent or sex offences were reported. Most crimes were reported in PAGET SQUARE and TOWNHALL STREET -- with nine events taking place in each location.

There were 145 crimes committed in Cookstown. Some 56 of those were related to anti-social behaviour and 38 were violent and sexual offences.

The Co Tyrone town's crime hotspot was Central Avenue where 23 offences occurred. Ten of those were anti-social behaviour related, seven were violent or sex offences, three were other theft, two shoplifting, and one was criminal damage or arson.

OMAGH saw 120 crimes committed in May.

Most of those, 53, were anti-social behaviour offences while 24 were violent and sex offences.

ARDMORE CRESCENT saw greatest percentage of crime; nine incidents of shoplifting, one of other theft and one other crime.

There were 113 crimes committed in Dungannon.

A total of 53 of those were anti-social behaviour offences while 19 were violent and sex offences.

Most crimes took place in SCOTCH STREET which saw three incidents of shoplifting, two other theft and two of anti-social behaviour.

ARMAGH was the safest city in Northern Ireland in May with just 94 crime committed.

There were 38 incidents of anti-social behaviour and 20 violent or sex offences carried out.

Six crimes took place in JENNYS ROW; three violent or sex offences, one episode of anti-social behaviour, one of shoplifting and one of other theft.

A total of 93 crimes committed in Northern Ireland in May were not attributed to an area because the location of the crime was not known to the victim or the PSNI.

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