Rise in anti-social behaviour, according to PSNI statistics

PSNI Chief Inspector Barney O'Connor, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris with Debbie Watters of the NI Policing Board, Alison Clenaghan and Patricia Gibson, PCSP Managers,
PSNI Chief Inspector Barney O'Connor, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris with Debbie Watters of the NI Policing Board, Alison Clenaghan and Patricia Gibson, PCSP Managers,
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Crime statistics released by the PSNI show a marked rise in anti-social behaviour across the borough.

At the last meeting of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) it was revealed that there were almost 500 more incidents of anti-social behaviour this year than last year.

The PSNI had aims to reduce anti-social behaviour however the performance shows that the financial year to date there were 6108 incidents while in the previous year there were 5614.

However the police did a better performance of reducing burglaries with their rating up by 14.6 per cent.

This year to date there were 487 burglaries in the Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon areas down by 83 on the previous year when there were 570.

The PSNI’s vow to increase by three percent the number of drugs seizures compared to the number recorded in 2015/16 took a nosedive - down by 15.6 percent.

So far over the past financial year there have been 483 drugs seizures however in the previous year this figure stood at 572.

Increase in level of public confidence in police remains much the same at around 80.9 percent

Police plans to demonstrate improvements in confidence in local policing by further increasing the reporting of hate crime also took a nose dive down a more than 31 percent. Figures to date show 143 reports compared to 208 the previous year, down 65.