Most crimes down in the Dromore area

Anti-social behaviour has nudged upwards in Dromore but most crimes are down, burglaries by as much as 37 per cent.

Criminal damage has risen too, compared to this time last year.

However, all of the incidents were recorded in a single evening and police caught the culprits.

Meanwhile, violence against the person has fallen from 14 incidents to eight and no sexual offences or robberies were recorded.

Sergeant Paul Ferguson revealed the statistics at a recent meeting of Dromore Community Police Liaison Committee.

The meeting also saw the launch of new contact cards for Sergeant Ferguson and his Neighbourhood Policing Team, who, among other things, continue to promote Farm Watch, and associated trailer marking, across the area.

Sergeant Ferguson thanked Gransha Neighbourhood Watch for hosting a successful trailer-marking event recently.

He went on to urge other rural watch groups to consider following suit.

Officers, he said, would visit anyone who wanted their trailer marked or who needed advice.

Banbridge Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s Rhonda Abraham updated the CPLC on PCSP activities, including details of its new action plan.

She highlighted ‘Banbridge Secure’, which should be taking referrals again by the end of June, she said.

Rhonda also launched the new Community Police Contact Cards.

These were distributed to Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators in a Dromore pilot scheme which, if deemed useful, will be rolled out across the district in September.

The cards bear contact numbers for local police and other useful numbers such as that for the Crimestoppers charity.

Helen Coop, the Community Safety Warden who covers the Dromore area, reported on her work, especially around Dromore Park.

She urged Neighbourhood Watch Groups to contact her with any concerns.

Dromore in Action also provided an update on its activities.

For further information about Dromore CPLC, Banbridge PCSP or Neighbourhood Watch, contact the PCSP team on 028 4062 0248 or email: pcsp@banbridge.gov.uk.

For more information on PSNI statistics or initiatives contact the Dromore Policing team on 0845 600 8000.