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100,000 crimes recorded in Northern Ireland

Nearly 100,000 crimes were recorded in Northern Ireland for 2017/18, newly published figures have revealed.

The PSNI has released its annual crime statistics for 2017/18 which show there were 98,301 crimes recorded during this period.

A rise of 0.3% on the previous year in which 98,041 were recorded. However, the figures represent the second lowest total recorded since 1998/99.

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “The PSNI is committed to ‘Keeping People Safe’ and the figures show reductions in a number of crime types such as burglary, robbery, criminal damage and theft, a number of which have fallen to their lowest levels.

“Today’s figures show a snapshot of the crime types which we are dealing with but it is also important to acknowledge that although the statistics show a number of reductions, demand on policing is increasing and becoming more complex as less visible, more complex crimes such as public protection and cyber-crime reports increase.”

The figures should there was a 23.9% increase (6,872) in drug seizures compared to 5,546 the previous year.

There were 3,121 people arrested for drug related offences, this is 15.5% higher than the previous year and equates to 419 more arrests that the previous year.

There were 29,913 domestic abuse incidents reported, an increase of 2.6% or 747 incidents, the highest level recorded since 2004/05. The number of crimes with a domestic abuse motivation also reached a record high at 14,560 in 2017/18, up by 4.5% on the previous year.

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “We welcome the increase in reports and believe that this shows increasing confidence in the police service.

“It also reflects our continued commitment to working in partnership with many statutory and voluntary organisations to increase reporting and improve our response to victims of domestic abuse. Despite the rise in the number of reported incidents we still believe that a large number of domestic incidents are going unreported. I would encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to come forward and report it to police.”

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