Highest month of crime in the calendar – but just how much is going unreported?

Police figures for December have revealed an increase in street crime

STREET CRIME IN Enniskillen has risen according the latest figures released by the PSNI, with the latest month, December, representing the highest rate of crime in all of 2012.

However, Inspector Roy Robinson, the Commandant for the Enniskillen sector, has acknowledged that much crime can go unreported, and he urged: “Why should they get away with it?”


The total in December was 174.

“It’s very difficult to account what the figure for unreported crime is,” said Inspector Robinson.

“Nowadays, people are wary that there are insurance policies on their homes – and they’re certainly unlikely to report any burglaries or that type of thing.

“People involved in fights can decide for whatever reason not to report it. Maybe they know the person, and they might be afraid of repercussions afterwards.”

Inspector Robinson also noted that there could be a fear of appearing in court, through giving evidence, or as a witness, but said that it was important criminals are held accountable.

“It really beholds them to report it, because somebody else could be the victim of the same crime, and more serious crimes – and, why should they get away with it?”

He concluded: “Somebody else down the line may suffer a worse crime by the same perpetrators, and why shouldn’t they be accountable for the crimes they’ve committed in their communities?”


According to the figures, violent crime (including common assaults, grievous bodily harm and sexual offences) rose in the area to 36, with the highest category being anti-social behaviour where 77 reported incidents took place.

The figures cover the following categories: anti-social behaviour; burglary; criminal damage and arson; drugs; other theft; public disorder and weapons; robbery; shoplifting; vehicle crime; violent crime; other crime.

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