ABC burglary rate revealed
New data from UK CrimeStats has revealed that Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon is the fourth highest NI council area for burglary rates with 477 break-ins.
The statistics show that Northern Ireland has one of the lowest burglary rates in the UK, with just 2.75 burglaries per 1,000 people reported in the province in the last 12 months. By contrast, South Yorkshire had the highest burglary rate during the same period, with 10.29 burglaries.
The figures show that from July 2018 to June 2019 there were 5,990 burglaries of residential properties reported in Northern Ireland, but from July 2019 to June 2020 this dropped to 5,457 burglaries – an 8.9% fall. A full breakdown of burglaries per council area shows that the highest reported burglaries were recorded in Belfast (1655), Newry, Mourne and Down (559) and Antrim and Newtownabbey (529) - with the safest areas being Mid Ulster (243), Ards and North Down (263 and Causeway Coast and Glens (265). The research presented by UK CrimeStats gathers data based on reported crimes only. Worryingly, during the depths of the lockdown - from April to June 2020 – burglaries were still occurring surprisingly frequently, with a monthly average of 343 burglaries per month – a total of 1,029 across the lockdown period.
Greg Wilson, founder of CompareNI.com, said: “It won’t come as a surprise to learn that 2020 has seen a significant fall in the number of burglaries, with the lockdown and working from home serving as a significant deterrent, but it is also very encouraging that Northern Ireland, lockdown aside, is in the top three safest places in the UK. However, the fact that 1,029 burglaries still occurred during lockdown (April-June 2020), even when Stormont’s most stringent quarantine measures were in place, highlights that break-ins remain a very real risk for homeowners and tenants alike.”
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