Crime down in G District, says Cargin

Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin.

Top North West cop, Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin, says the number of crimes reported in G District reduced; clearance rates rose and confidence in policing was above the Northern Ireland average last year.

He made the comments as the PSNI launched its local policing plans for the new financial year.

“These outcome do not come about by police acting is isolation. They are the result of a partnership involving police, statutory agencies, community organisations and people who want to see a safer place for all,” said Chief Superintendent Cargin.

In Londonderry in 2014/15 he said police will be working with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to develop initiatives aimed at reducing the number of burglaries, particularly those involving older/vulnerable victims.

Officers will also focus on the number of anti-social behaviour incidents and seek to develop joint initiatives with other agencies.

Another objective is to protect victims of hate-related crimes and those with a domestic motivation by increasing outcome rates.

Foyle officers will also work with the PCSP to develop an initiative to reduce the number of non-domestic violence crimes, with an emphasis on issues surrounding the night-time economy.

“No plan can fully reflect the wide range of activities police officers undertake every single day, but it does give a snapshot of our intentions in relation to some particular issues.

“With your support we want to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve the satisfaction with the service you receive and protect vulnerable people,” he said.

In Limavady, tackling burglary and increasing the number convictions will be an objective, as will a targeted patrolling profile to combat rural crime.

Police will work to reduce the total amount of crime motivated by alcohol.

In Strabane a reduction in anti-social behaviour is an objective, as is reducing burglaries and increasing patrols in rural areas. Police also want to reduce the harm caused by drugs and increase operations to deter underage-drinking.

Road safety patrols and increased education about road safety will aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on local roads.