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Mixed success in latest crime figures

Latest police figures for North Down and Ards have painted a different picture in each area.

In Ards overall detection rates are up, from 22.9 percent in 2008/09 to 28.2 percent in 2009/10.

There was a particular increase in the number of detections for violent offences with a rise of 10.4 percent on last year.

However, overall crime levels have increased slightly, up 6.2 percent on the same period last year.

The number of offences against the person has risen by 19.4 percent however detections in this area have increased by 12.2 percent from 27.1 percent in 2008/09 to 39.3 percent in 2009/10.

The number of thefts have fallen by 2.9 percent and detections for the same offence are up by 13.4 percent.

Thefts from vehicles are down 38.8 percent and incidents of vehicle tampering have also reduced by 36.7 percent.

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The detection rates for these offences are also up by 0.2 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.

Ards Area Commander Chief Inspector Phillip Knox said: “The increased detection rate shows that the police service, working with partners in the community, is making the Ards area safer for everyone who lives, works and socialises here.

“It is good news that local police are putting more offenders before the courts however I do recognise that there was a rise in overall crime in 2009/10.

“Police, along with the local community, want to see crime reduced in the Ards area. While these latest figures fall short of what we are hoping to achieve I would like to assure residents that I am committed to addressing this.”

In North Down, overall crime is down by slightly more than three percent.

Violent crime is down by under two percent, with offences against the person being reduced by nearly three percent. Incidents of criminal damage saw a one percent decrease.

Overall detection rates are also up from 22.9 percent in 2008/09 to 29.8 percent this year. That’s an improvement of nearly seven percent.

Area Commander C/Inspector Mark McEwan said: “I welcome the news that crime has fallen in the North Down area. The figures demonstrate that local police officers, working with our partners in the community, are making the area safer for everyone.

“I am particularly pleased to note a substantial drop in the types of crime which are of particular concern to local people, such as burglary, theft, and violent crime. This is great news for us and for the people of North Down.”

Commenting on the figures for both areas, C District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: “With the release of these latest statistics, it is very important that I acknowledge the hard work of my officers, and the support of the community, in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, and making this district safer during the last financial year.

“We continue to work hard to deliver a more visible, responsive, and personal policing service throughout the district, and build on the successful partnership working which already exists.”

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