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Thursday 11 November 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Crime, National
Police have reported incidents across several
categories of unlawful activity which show a downward trend.
The main areas include burglaries, theft, stolen
motorbikes and road crashes.
Serious crimes were not included and are subject to
investigative intelligence, police said.
Police spokesman Trevor Pitt said reported theft had
steadily declined over a period of at least a decade from an annual high of 356
in 2010 to 126 reported incidents in 2020.
This year’s total is recorded at 114 up to the end of
Police Commissioner James Keenan said concerns remain
ongoing, particularly the need for the community to stay vigilant about
security and safety.
“Social conditions are likely to be impacted by the
anticipated changes to international travel,” Keenan said.
“That will affect the road environment as well as
raise risks around the tourist facilities.”
The downward trends were due to different factors, and
did not necessarily reflect the impacts of Covid-19, Pitt added.
Burglaries are also trending lower from an annual high
of 319 in 2013 down to a low of 90 in 2020.
This year’s reported burglaries look set to fall below
last year, Pitt said.
“The decline over the years has been primarily due to
swift police action and monitoring of known offenders,” he said.
“Better community awareness about property safety and
improvements in security technology are also playing a role.”
While reported incidents of break-ins were already in
decline before the onset of the pandemic, in early 2020, the border closures had
influenced the scope of risk targets.
“Tourist facilities for instance became less of a
target while incidents around residential homes have increased,” Pitt said.
Meanwhile, the number of reported stolen motorcycles
is also on a downward trend with this year’s figures looking to fall below
More than 100 bikes were reported to the police as
stolen in 2019, 60 in 2020, while bikes reported stolen in 2021 currently
stands at 44.
The number of road crashes is in decline and on target
to fall below last year’s annual total of 153, according to incidents reported
There was a high of 279 in 2018 – the highest over the
past eight years.
“Police are now advising drivers to lift their
performance on the road, especially since the volume of traffic is likely to
increase over the coming months,” Pitt said.
“The festive season in December and border opening in
January will mean busier roads.
“Driver attitudes must improve to match the changing