‘Community engaging with PSNI and reporting crime’ – McKevitt

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Saturday, May 12th, 2012
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SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has expressed her delight after Newry Times exclusively reported that crime in the Newry & Mourne area has dropped by 4.7%. In 2011/12 incidents of antisocial behaviour dropped by 22% (amounting to 673 fewer incidents). Detection rates have also improved by 3%. Sexual offences have decreased by 15.8% (15 less offences), robbery by 16% ( a reduction of 8 less incidents) with burglary falling by more than 24% (178  less incidents) and criminal damage offences by 7.7% (87 less crimes). Speaking to Newry Times, McKevitt said she was pleased with the decrease in crime and said it was ‘encouraging for the people of the area to know that the figures in burglaries, sexual offences, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, have lowered’. “This is a positive step in the right direction,” McKevitt stated, “And I congratulate the PSNI on achieving this reduction, but I wish to stress that this reduction could not have been achieved without the assistance of the local communities, who are engaging more with the PSNI and reporting criminal activity. I hope that by continuing to work together the levels of criminality in the area will continue to fall.”  
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