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Ford welcomes fall in crime levels

Justice Minister David Ford has welcomed the news today that overall crime in Northern Ireland is at a 15 year low.
Thursday, 9 May 2013

The figures published today reaffirm my understanding that overall, Northern Ireland is a relatively safe place to live. Crime levels are now at a 15 year low and I welcome that we are maintaining that downward trend.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

The Minister was speaking following the publication of PSNI Annual Crime statistics which show that crime decreased in six of the 10 main crime classifications.

David Ford said: “The figures published today reaffirm my understanding that overall, Northern Ireland is a relatively safe place to live.  Crime levels are now at a 15 year low and I welcome that we are maintaining that downward trend.

“That being said, crime, in all its forms, is a horrible incident for anyone to face.  It can be totally devastating for victims and indeed the communities affected.  

“My Department will continue to work with partners across Government, the statutory and voluntary and community sectors, including the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships, to implement the Community Safety Strategy and to further maintain and improve on this downward trend.”  

David Ford continued: “I note that there has been a 6.1% increase in sexual offences.  Tackling these horrific crimes must be a priority for all.  My Department, in conjunction with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, is in the process of developing a joint Domestic and Sexual Violence Strategy.  

“The focus of that strategy must be on prevention, education and strive to prevent domestic and sexual violence and abuse from happening, to provide appropriate and timely support to victims and survivors where it does occur and to ensure that the perpetrators are called to account for their actions.   I am committed to making this happen.”

The Minister also noted the increase in drug offences and fraud and forgery.   David Ford said: “These issues are a key focus of the Organised Crime Taskforce which I Chair.  The PSNI are key members of the Taskforce and I know that everyone around the table shares the collective goal to reduce the level of harm that organised crime currently inflicts on our society.”

David Ford concluded: “I want to thank the PSNI for all they do on behalf of us all.  The fight against crime is a dangerous one, and even more so in Northern Ireland as our officers operate against the backdrop of the terrorist threat.  They deserve our appreciation and thanks and I know they will continue in their fight against crime to protect everyone in Northern Ireland.”

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