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Burglary: Businesses

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many burglaries were reported in business premises and how many persons were convicted in each Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Unit in each of the last 10 years. (174859)

Table 1 shows the number of offences of non-domestic burglary recorded from 2001-02 to 2006-07 by District Command Unit. As the DCU structure was only in place from 2001-02 figures are not provided prior to this financial year.

Non-domestic burglaries include burglaries which have occurred at locations which are not business premises, for example vacant houses, hotel rooms let out on short-stay basis, holiday homes/caravans not in use at the time, and also other buildings such as schools, halls etc. which may not be considered to be businesses. A manual trawl of each record would be required to establish whether the non-domestic burglary related to a business premises.

The number of recorded non-domestic burglaries fell by 3,296 (41.5 per cent.) between 2001-02 and 2006-07.

It is not possible to give the total number of convictions for burglary of a business as the court prosecution and conviction datasets do not contain information in relation to the type of dwelling involved. It is only possible to give the number of convictions for those offences, which refer to a non-dwelling. These are documented in Table 2.

Data are collated on the basis of principal offence; this means that only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

It is not possible routinely to reconcile recorded crime data from PSNI with prosecution and conviction data. Data from PSNI relate to the number of offences whereas data on prosecutions and convictions relate to the number of offenders brought before the courts. In addition, PSNI data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts, therefore prosecution and conviction statistics should not be compared with the number recorded.

Table 1: Number of recorded offences of non-domestic burglary

DCU

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Antrim

213

244

257

190

142

141

Ards

325

393

346

266

208

157

East Belfast

403

518

358

283

217

161

North Belfast

454

426

389

294

213

228

South Belfast

736

877

659

899

636

486

West Belfast

246

197

132

132

135

151

Carrickfergus

120

105

84

51

48

41

Castlereagh

275

239

235

137

106

116

Down

351

474

421

264

275

333

Lisburn

389

477

413

266

251

230

Newtownabbey

344

459

392

345

266

246

North Down

346

277

239

204

177

135

Urban Region

4,202

4,686

3,925

3,331

2,674

2,425

Armagh

199

171

179

153

151

130

Ballymena

273

322

222

183

162

145

Ballymoney

135

123

78

49

52

43

Banbridge

151

129

128

119

99

131

Coleraine

331

378

348

366

366

301

Cookstown

119

127

112

105

156

80

Craigavon

603

702

607

300

257

221

Dungannon and S Tyrone

196

191

146

125

138

137

Fermanagh

233

228

243

184

165

144

Foyle

450

339

413

291

373

195

Larne

100

134

72

82

81

64

Limavady

130

105

128

102

120

120

Magherafelt

112

88

72

47

51

32

Moyle

61

91

77

39

53

61

Newry and Mourne

329

298

344

353

401

262

Omagh

192

174

137

88

102

85

Strabane

107

123

86

48

71

54

Rural Region

3,721

3,723

3,392

2,634

2,798

2,205

Total

7,926

8,409

7,317

5,965

5,472

4,630

Table 2: Prosecutions and convictions for burglary in a non-dwelling by police district command unit 2000 to 20051, 2

2000

2001

District Command Unit

Prosecutions

Convictions

Prosecutions

Convictions

Antrim

6

6

0

0

Ards

11

11

8

5

Armagh

15

15

9

7

Banbridge

13

11

7

4

Belfast East

30

29

15

12

Belfast North

31

28

22

17

Belfast South

20

18

13

9

Belfast West

36

30

27

21

Ballymena

12

12

20

18

Ballymoney

8

8

8

8

Carrickfergus

6

4

10

9

Coleraine

9

8

14

11

Cookstown

3

3

5

3

Craigavon

12

12

12

5

Castlereagh

3

3

10

9

Dungannon and South Tyrone

13

12

15

12

Down

10

6

5

4

Fermanagh

10

7

9

5

Foyle

26

22

37

36

Larne

7

5

12

11

Limavady

4

3

5

5

Lisburn

18

16

13

10

Magherafelt

4

4

1

1

Moyle

1

1

1

1

Newtownabbey

4

3

4

4

North Down

7

7

7

7

Newry and Mourne

6

6

10

8

Omagh

6

5

6

5

Strabane

16

14

9

7

Missing

6

5

6

4

Total

353

314

320

258

20022003

District Command Unit

Prosecutions

Convictions

Prosecutions

Convictions

Antrim

4

4

5

3

Ards

9

8

5

5

Armagh

13

11

15

14

Banbridge

10

9

8

4

Belfast East

19

14

20

20

Belfast North

40

34

39

36

Belfast South

19

13

22

22

Belfast West

20

18

31

27

Ballymena

13

12

13

11

Ballymoney

8

7

3

3

Carrickfergus

6

6

1

1

Coleraine

7

7

7

7

Cookstown

2

2

6

4

Craigavon

17

15

13

8

Castlereagh

13

12

4

4

Dungannon and South Tyrone

3

3

8

7

Down

9

9

14

11

Fermanagh

6

6

5

4

Foyle

33

30

27

27

Larne

3

3

5

5

Limavady

3

3

4

2

Lisburn

17

17

18

15

Magherafelt

4

2

4

4

Moyle

3

3

2

2

Newtownabbey

4

3

7

7

North Down

15

14

8

7

Newry and Mourne

8

7

17

12

Omagh

9

9

10

7

Strabane

5

5

5

4

Missing

9

9

7

7

Total

331

295

333

290

20042005

District Command Unit

Prosecutions

Convictions

Prosecutions

Convictions

Antrim

11

11

2

2

Ards

3

3

8

4

Armagh

7

6

4

4

Banbridge

4

4

5

1

Belfast East

20

16

19

13

Belfast North

37

28

31

26

Belfast South

13

11

14

12

Belfast West

34

29

25

22

Ballymena

14

9

10

9

Ballymoney

1

1

2

2

Carrickfergus

2

1

5

3

Coleraine

14

11

14

11

Cookstown

14

11

6

6

Craigavon

31

26

11

10

Castlereagh

5

5

2

1

Dungannon and South Tyrone

6

4

5

4

Down

10

9

8

6

Fermanagh

5

5

8

8

Foyle

32

30

25

20

Larne

2

2

0

0

Limavady

6

6

2

2

Lisburn

21

18

26

22

Magherafelt

5

4

1

1

Moyle

1

1

3

1

Newtownabbey

6

6

9

7

North Down

8

7

9

6

Newry and Mourne

10

9

9

6

Omagh

6

6

5

5

Strabane

2

0

3

1

Missing

7

6

2

2

Total

337

285

273

217

1 Includes the offences of ‘burglary with intent to steal—non-dwelling’, ‘burglary and theft non-dwelling and burglary and attempted theft—non-dwelling.

2 Missing data relate to those offenders for whom police DCU information is not available.