POLICE in south Belfast say crime rates have b been falling over the past year.
But a worrying development is the rise in drug offences detected, particularly the sale of heroin by foreign criminal gangs.
Chief Inspector Robert Murdie Area Commander for South Belfast said:
“There have been fewer burglaries, robberies, vehicle offences and criminal damage incidents in South Belfast between 1st April 2014 – 5th March 2015 in comparison to figures from the same time period from the previous year.
“Robbery is down by just over 30% while vehicle offences are also down by just over 23%, criminal damage incidents have decreased by 7.2% and burglary has also decreased by 5.5%.
“Although drug offences are up by 30.7%, this is due to increased detection of these types of offences.
“The figures highlight the good work being completed by police in South Belfast area and we will continue to work together with local communities to keep people safe.”