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Crime (South Belfast)

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland regarding increasing resources to tackle crime in South Belfast. [103340]

The Secretary of State has been advised by the PSNI that they are currently reviewing resource levels in every District Command Unit. The findings of the review will be advised to Chief Officers and District Commanders in the near future.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to boost public confidence in safety from crime in South Belfast. [103341]

The police in South Belfast plan the use of their resources to meet local community needs with a large percentage of personnel being exclusively dedicated to community policing. Crime Prevention and Community Safety Officers are responsible for the development and co-ordination of crime reduction strategies and crime prevention advice and guidance to vulnerable groups and those residing and working within crime "Hotspot" areas. Specific examples of a range of steps being taken to boost public confidence in safety from crime include:

the development of a Student/University/Resident Forum to address youth crime anti social behaviour and student related disorder.
The Get Home Safe Campaign, a project with a range of initiatives including: a door registration scheme involving the Federation of the Retail Licensed Trade, strict enforcement of drinking byelaws, the introduction of a radio link to improve communications between 37 licensed premises and the PSNI and three new CCTV provided by the private sector.
The promotion of Crimestoppers
15,000 leaflet drop to students living in South Belfast outlining crime prevention measures.