Belfast Telegraph

Public to help beat crime

Justice Minister David Ford wants to hear the views of people from the north Down area on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

He recently launched the consultation paper, Building Safer, Shared and Confident Communities, which sets out proposals for a new Community Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland.

The document takes a fresh look at community safety by going beyond preventing crime and anti-social behaviour in the short term, to tackling the root causes that can lead to offending.

As part of the public consultation process, the Department of Justice is hosting an event at The Town Hall, Londonderry Room, Newtownards on Wednesday, February 23 at 7pm and people are invited to come along and express their views on the proposals.

David Ford said: “There is no doubt that, although Northern Ireland is a safe place to live, there are many communities who are concerned about the level of crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

“It is not acceptable that some live in fear and we must do all we can to address this issue.

“I want to hear the views and ideas from the people of north Down and the surrounding area on how to improve the communities in which you live, work and socialise.”

A copy of the press release announcing the consultation and providing more detail on the strategy can be found at

The consultation, which will run for 12 weeks until Friday, April 15, is available on

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