Serious crime cut in Central Scotland

Serious crime in Central Scotland has gone down
Serious crime in Central Scotland has gone down
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Serious crime has dropped by four per cent according to police figures.

Statistics for Central Scotland show 16,257 more severe offences – including those involving drugs, serious assault and robbery – were recorded in 2011-12 was 16,257 – down 583 on the previous year.

Serious crime is down, while minor ofences are up in Central Scotland

Serious crime is down, while minor ofences are up in Central Scotland

Minor crimes such as speeding and common assault were up 1940 from 2010-11 to 36,589 giving a combined total 52,846, a rise of 1357.

Cases of rape, prostitution, breaking in, assault and fire-raising also rose.

There were three reports associated with prostitution compared to none the year before, and six more rape and attempted rape cases.

The overall drop in serious crime has been welcomed by Chief Constable Derek Penman.

He said: “The force has faced significant demands during the last 12 months, but has again shown that it can continue to deliver quality policing across our communities.”

In the Falkirk Council area violent and sexual offences increased while crimes of dishonesty and fire-raising decreased.

The percentage of incidents cleared up in the local authority area dropped by one per cent on the previous year.

Head of communities policing Chief Superintendent Davie Flynn said working with local residents was essential to tackling crime that affect communities.

He added: “Every day across the Falkirk area our officers and staff are working in communities to identify local priorities and tackle these as quickly and effectively as possible.

“A reduction in reported crime means less victims of crime, so apart from the numbers reducing we are seeing fewer people in our communities falling victim, which is the real human impact.”

He added: “Our belief is simple, it is only through delivering quality services that we will build trust, confidence and satisfaction in our local policing.

“Superintendent Gary Lawrie and his policing team across Falkirk will continue to focus on local priorities and I would encourage anyone who wants to discuss local policing to contact their community officer.”

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson praised the force for the drop in serious crimes. He said: “These figures are further good news for Central Scotland Police and they should be congratulated on the hard work that the officers are doing to achieve this. Our communities are becoming increasingly safer and stronger.”