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Police figures show number of reported burglaries down by more than a third

A police photo of a kitchen after a burglary. The number of burglaries reported in the north has reduced by more than a third, police said. Picture by PSNI/Press Association 
Michael McHugh, Press Association

THE number of burglaries reported in Northern Ireland has reduced by more than a third, police said.

A senior officer said enforcement activity had reduced the tally this year.

The force recorded a 37 per cent drop in domestic burglary from 281 last year to 177 this year.

Temporary chief superintendent Simon Walls said: "Our focused period of enforcement activity has once again reduced the incidence of burglaries.

"Indeed, over the last two years domestic burglaries have shown a downwards trend. Non-domestic burglaries have also been decreasing over that period."

Operation Cordella was mounted across Northern Ireland between September 26 and October 9. This was a follow-up to an earlier campaign last February and March.

Figures show a 37 per cent drop in overall domestic burglary.

The number affecting people over 60 years of age dropped by 14 per cent from 65 last year to 56 this year.

During the two-week operation, police arrested 42 suspects and conducted 27 searches.

A total of 64 charges or reports to the Public Prosecution Service resulted from police investigations over this period.

District officers, organised crime detectives, tactical support groups and traffic police took part in the operation.

This involved mounting vehicle check points, conducting searches at premises of interest, deploying cash sniffer dogs and providing advice and information to householders and business owners on how to secure their premises.

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