Reported crime incidents up…

Jonathan McCambridge on some massive local variations in crime statistics across Northern Ireland. Ten out nineteen District Command Units reported a decrease in crime, whilst nine reported increases. A sharp rise were in West Belfast showed a huge increase in reported offences – up 24.8%. Although, much of this relates to the Whiterock parade disturbances. In Fermanagh the number of crimes rose from 1,648 to 2,170 – an increase of 31.7%. It’s not clear whether any of this reflects a rise in actual crime or a rise in the reporting of crime to the PSNI.