PSNI statistics show recorded crimes have increased by 12% in the region in the last 12 months

Crime in Fermanagh and Omagh Police District increased by 12.2% from May 2021 to April 2022 – but despite this the area had the lowest recorded crime count in Northern Ireland.

According to statistics published by the PSNI, 4,264 crimes were recorded during this 12-month period.

However, although this is the lowest figure for the period, it is still an increase of 462 crimes compared to the 12 month period from May 2020 to April 2021, marking an increase of 12.2%.

Central Ulster was second lowest, with 5,359 crimes recorded, down from 4,887 (a 9.7% increase)

According to statistics, every police district in Northern Ireland saw an increase in recorded crime over the period, with Fermanagh and Omagh police district recording the fourth biggest change.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Police District saw the biggest change – a 20.2% increase in recorded crime – followed closely by Ards and North Down District with an increase of 18.7 %.

The biggest increase

Across Northern Ireland, the biggest increase in the types of crime recorded by the police was personal violence (up 23.2%), followed by sexual offenses (which increased by 16.1%). ).

Violent crimes against the person increased from 40,321 reported incidents (for the period of May 2020 to April 2021) to 49,674 such incidents (for the period of May 2021 to April 2022), while sexual offenses are increased from 3,489 to 4,049 for the same period. period.

Figures for the most recent quarter – January to March 2022 – show the highest quarterly figure in the last 10 years. The data shows that robberies (474) and burglaries (3,820) decreased by 4.8 and 7% respectively; however, all other theft offenses increased by 11.2%.

Public order offenses fell from 1,329 to 1,153 and drug-related offenses fell very slightly, from 8,339 to 8,330 over the period; however, the total number of police-recorded crimes increased by 11%, from 96,332 to 106,900 incidents.