Crime on the rise in the Portadown area

Duncan McBain.
Duncan McBain.

There has been a 30 percent rise in crime in the Portadown area over the past month, according to the latest statistics.

The crime statistics from the PSNI show that last year there were 332 incidents of crime in May, compared to 241 in June.

Burglaries have doubled up from eight in May to 16 in June.

There was a more than 20 per cent rise in anti-social behaviour between May and June this year with 109 incidents reported in June compared to 89 in May.

The highest rise has been in criminal damage and arson up by 64% from 20 in May to 39 incidents in June.

Also violent and sexual offences soared rising by 34% over the past month. Figures show 62 such instances in May leaping to 88 in June.

Bicycle theft also doubled up from two stolen in May to four in June.

Drugs offences are also on the rise up from nine in May to 13 in June.

Shoplifting crime has also risen up from 18 incidents in May to 25 in June.

Public order offences quadrupled from just one in May to four in June.

One a positive note the number of possession of weapons offences is down from three in May to just one in June.

Also there was no change in the number of incidents of vehicle crime and robbery.

There were also no reports of thefts from the person on either months.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Duncan McBain said: “We would wish to reassure the local community that we treat any rise in crime seriously and we want everyone to feel safe whether they are living, working or socialising in the local area. While the statistics for May and June show an increase in overall crime it should be noted that crime statistics can fluctuate from month to month for a variety of reasons and that is why we try to analyse longer term trends.

“Where crime does occur, it is our job to investigate it thoroughly, and to do everything we can to get the offender before the courts. That is not always possible, for many complicated reasons, but it must always be our priority.

“We have worked hard as a police service to meet significant demand from communities across many issues and incidents.

“While policing is changing, our commitment to people in Portadown remains steadfast and we will continue to work hard to keep people safe in a challenging financial environment.”