27% drop in burglaries
THE number of burglaries occurring in the Antrim area has dropped by nearly 30 percent.
There has been a 27 per cent drop in burglaries in the local area so far this year.
Police know that burglary is an issue that hits at the heart of communities. Often victims are left scared in their own homes, their sense of safety and security taken from them by some devious individual.
The impact can also spread to the rest of the community. When a house on your street is broken into, you are more conscious of your own vulnerability to crime.
Police in D District and in Antrim in particular have seen a reduction in the number of burglaries, however fear of crime can sometimes make people feel like criminals lurk around every corner.
A police spokesperson said: “It’s for this reason that we want to make people aware of the work their local police are doing to reduce the number of victims of crime and to identify, arrest and charge the people behind them.
“Our Reducing Offender Unit also looks at ways to reduce the opportunity offenders have to get involved in criminal endeavours. We do this in a number of different ways - by carrying out frequent bail checks, by monitoring the behaviour of individual criminals and where we suspect they have been involved in further crime by carrying out searches of their person and their property.
“We also look at ways to address root problems and get help for those who need it. For example if we feel an individual’s criminal behaviour is linked to another issue, like drug or alcohol dependency, we will seek to get that person the professional help they need to tackle their problem. We hope that by addressing issues like these we can ultimately remove that person’s ‘need’ to commit crime.”
Police say this three strand approach is proving very effective however the recent successes have not diminished their commitment to continuing tackling criminality.
“We believe people have a right to feel safe in their homes and in their communities, and every officer in Antrim is wholly committed to doing their bit to make sure they do,” the spokesperson said.
He added: “People can rest assured that our work in detecting, deterring and diverting local criminals goes on and I am hopeful that over coming months we will have further good news to share.”
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