30/08/2002

Northern Ireland house crime falls

Newly released figures have revealed that there has been a drop in crime in the Province, with just under one fifth of Northern Ireland household's experiencing a crime during 2001.

The figures were from the new Research and Statistical Bulletin, entitled ‘Crime Victimisation in Northern Ireland: Findings from the 2001 Northern Ireland Crime Survey’, released by the Northern Ireland Office on Friday.

It showed that 19.7% of Northern Ireland households experienced a crime between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2001 (2000/01), three-quarters of the rate in England and Wales during 2000 (26.8%). Compared with 1997, the figures have fallen for both Northern Ireland (from 23.0%) and England and Wales (from 34.1%).

Between 1997 and 2000/01, Northern Ireland’s rate for vehicle-related theft also decreased from 8.7% to 6.5%. When vandalism is included, however, a tenth (10.6%) of such households were victims of a vehicle-related crime during 2000/01.

Meanwhile, the risk of becoming a victim of a crime was higher in Belfast (28%) than in the east (21%) or west (14%) of the province. Belfast residents were more likely to experience more than one crime (10%) than those in the eastern (7%) or western (3%) regions.

The bulletin, which is a National Statistics publication, is based on findings from the 2001 Northern Ireland Crime Survey. (MB)

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