Annual crime figures published today by the PSNI reveal that 100,995 crimes were recorded in Northern Ireland last year, representing a rise of 2.9% on the previous year.
Speaking about the figures, Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said:
“These figures provide an insight into the range of crime types and resulting demands on the PSNI in its service to the community
Since 2016/17, when the lowest level was recorded, the figures have shown an annual increase but still remain relatively low when compared with other policing areas.
That said, in this report there are some notable increases in a number of reported crime types which require further analysis. There are also areas where crime reports have fallen so it is equally important to understand why this is the case.
As a Board, we are mindful that behind every statistic is a crime victim and we want people to have the confidence to report crime and be satisfied in how their case has been handled by the police and the wider criminal justice system.
The Board will be questioning the Chief Constable at the June meeting so that there can be full scrutiny and understanding of the published figures.”
For further information please contact the Board’s Communications Office on 07801 738795.
Notes to Editors
The full statistical analysis is available to view on the PSNI website at www.psni.police.uk