Crime is down in Moyle and Ballymoney

Crime is down in the Police Service’s H District, which includes the Larne, Ballymena, Moyle, Coleraine and Ballymoney areas, according to new figures released for the financial year 2010/11. Statistics show that overall crime fell by 11.5% in the District compared with 2009/10 (1,286 fewer incidents).

In the Moyle area of H District, this trend continued, with a fall in overall crime of 20.6% (192 fewer crimes) in 2010/11 compared with the previous financial year. There has also been a 37% drop in domestic burglary, a 37.9% drop in theft, a 22.4% drop in criminal damage, and a 7.9% drop in violent crime in the Moyle area, although there was a 1% reduction in the number of crimes detected (161 crimes detected this year in comparison to 212 in 2009/10).

Speaking about the latest figures, District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: “I am extremely pleased that the efforts of my officers are reflected in the annual figures and I would like to thank them for their continued professionalism and commitment. It shows that the Police Service, working with partner agencies and the community, is making the area more secure for everyone who lives, works and socialises here

“There has been a substantial drop in the types of crime which are of particular concern to the people of Moyle, such as burglary, theft and criminal damage. Policing is not just about statistics; during the last financial year your officers have been working in neighbourhoods to develop local projects that have a positive impact on community life.

“Although these figures are extremely positive, we cannot afford to be complacent. Detection rates decreased slightly and bringing more offenders before the courts is one of our key priorities in the coming year.

“Police officers in Moyle will continue to use intelligence-led policing and patrol crime hotspots in the area. The continued support of the community across Moyle District is essential and I would urge members of the community who see suspicious activity to contact police on 0845 600 8000 or in an emergency dial 999. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Chief Superintendent Goddard added: “These figures reflect our determination to deliver the personal, professional, protective policing service that people tell us they want, addressing local crime and serious harm. However, it is essential that the community continues to support our work as we seek to make our neighbourhoods secure. The more support we get from the community, the more we can do.”