Crime figures published today reveal that 106,585 crimes were recorded by the PSNI over the last year, representing an increase of 5.7% on the 2018/19 period.
Speaking about the figures, Policing Board Chair Doug Garrett said:
“Over the last number of years demands on the police service have changed and these figures provide a picture of the range of crimes now affecting our community.
Some notable crime reductions are recorded in the latest figures, for example in the areas of vehicle offences and burglary, but these are countered with increases across a number of other areas. Of particular concern is the further increase in domestic abuse incidents and crimes.
We are at this time very mindful of the impact that lockdown has had on this crime type and crimes against those who are more vulnerable. One of the most important roles the PSNI has is to support and protect the victims of crime within our communities and we urge anyone who is concerned to speak to the police or seek help if they are frightened for their safety.
As the figures do require further analysis and interpretation, the Board will receive a report from the Chief Constable at the June meeting so there can be more detailed scrutiny of the published figures and trends.”
Notes to Editors
The full statistical analysis is available to view on the PSNI website at https://www.psni.police.uk/inside-psni/Statistics/police-recorded-crime-statistics/