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One in 10 households in Northern Ireland were victims of at least one crime in the past year, according to a new survey.

Less than half are believed to have been reported to police.

Figures on crime rates published by the Department of Justice showed the lowest number of recorded incidents since 1998.

The report, put together from National Statistics, focused on victimisation rates for crimes affecting households including vandalism, burglary, vehicle-related theft and other household theft.

It also covered common assault, wounding, mugging (robbery and snatch theft from the person), stealth theft from the person and other theft of personal property.

The statistics show the risk of becoming a victim of crime remains lower in Northern Ireland than England and Wales. Last year 123,000 such crimes were reported, compared to 295,000 in 2003/2004.

Just under half were reported to police. Survey respondents said they believed the crimes were too trivial, that police wouldn't act or they had experienced no loss.

In 1998 the victimisation rate in Northern Ireland was 23%.

More than 3,500 people were interviewed for the report.

Belfast Telegraph