Arson, Crime and Convictions

A senior fire officer has revealed that over 60% of fires are the result of arson, a crime that the PSNI has low clear-up rates for. Also Damian O’Loan, the victim of a sectarian attack in June, believes it is unlikely that the cuplrits will be caught and highlights a lack of thorough and prompt follow-up as a key flaw in the police approach:

“Did they go to the scene of the crime instantly when they knew the attack had happened and it was a severe attack and look for evidence – no. I think their resources are quite limited, but they should take these attacks more seriously.”

Could investment and greater emphasis on evidence-gathering produce better results than more police on the streets?