Crime falls in Dungannon District but drug offences surge by almost 30%
CRIME has tumbled in the Dungannon District in the past year, in spite of a dramatic rise in the number of drug offences.
The number of offences recorded in the local district in the 12 months up to March 2012 has fallen by 7.8 percent from the previous year, one of the steepest falls in Northern Ireland where the average drop was 1.6%
According to latest PSNI figures, 2546 crimes took place in the local district in the last year, down from 2761 in the previous year.
The most common crime in the Dungannon District in the past year was property crime, with 1,609 recorded incidents, followed by violence against a person with 674 incidents.
Crime fell against the board except in terms of drug offences, with the biggest fall in reports of thefts from vehicles which saw a 33% drop, followed by shoplifting offences which plummeted by 21%.
Burglary offences dropped by 18%, while violent crime dropped by 0.6%.
However, the Dungannon District saw one of the most significant rises in drug offences across the Northern Ireland with a jump from 110 to 142 recorded offences in the past year, an increase of 29.1%.
Drug-trafficking offences almost doubled, rising from 17 to 37 over the past year, according to the figures.
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