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Sinn Féin welcome greater attention to car crime by PSNI

3 July, 2009 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast, Jennifer McCann has stated that she hopes that the operation last night against car crime in West Belfast is the beginning of a concerted focus by the PSNI against this particular crime.

Speaking today ms McCann said:

“The move by the PSNI against car crime is to be welcomed. For too long now so called joyriders, who became known as death drivers due to their activities, have been able to steal family cars with near impunity and drive at reckless high speed though our streets and as a result many families have been bereaved.  

“With a clearance rate of just over 13% for car thefts in the West Belfast area I hope that this is the beginning of a concerted focus by the PSNI to tackle these crimes.  The current clearance rate is nowhere near acceptable.  

“Sinn Féin have been to the fore of putting this critical issue to the PSNI at local DPP meetings and the Policing Board and until it is satisfactorily addressed it will continue to be placed high on any agenda in relation to the policing of West Belfast.”

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