Figures show Falkirk crime rates still falling

Graffiti - such as this slogan painted in Arnothill - remains an issue of concern for Falkirk police
Graffiti - such as this slogan painted in Arnothill - remains an issue of concern for Falkirk police
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Cops are on the case when it comes to tackling crime, a new report has revealed.

The latest Falkirk Policing Performance statistics from Police Scotland show the long term trend of falling crime rates has continued in the last three months with a drop of nearly 12 per cent compared to the five-year average.

Details were studied when Falkirk Council’s scrutiny committee met.

It was told there is an improving picture regarding violent crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour across communities and - thanks to the co-operation of neighbours - the number of drugs related offences is also down.

While the fall in crimes of serious violence has been offset by slight increases in crimes of indecency, dishonesty and damage to property, overall of its 46 targets, 21 show positive performance and 25 reduced levels of activity.

There have been significant reductions in both serious and minor assaults with detection rates in both categories remaining at high levels, while the number of robberies was the same as the previous year at 12 but slightly higher than the five-year average of 9.8.

The number of people charged with the supply, production or cultivation of drugs rose from 56 to 71 and, maintaining the trend of recent years, cases of domestic abuse have shown a welcome drop to 733 compared with 818 the previous year.

Chief Superintendent David Flynn of Forth Valley Area Division said: “It’s an improving picture but we will continue to respond to the challenges.”