Police chief’s report reveals crime stats down

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Crime has fallen across Central Scotland while detection rates remain above the Scottish average.

Launching his first annual report today, Chief Constable Derek Penman revealed while the overall number of crimes recorded had fallen by four per cent, the crime detection rate of 56 per cent was above national figures.

There have been falls in violent crime (–6.4 per cent), crimes of dishonesty (–2.4 per cent), anti-social behaviour (–14 per cent) and vandalism (–4.7 per cent).

Central Scotland’s chief constable 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.”

Around £4 million of illegal drugs were recovered by officers in the past year and 63 people involved in organised crime were arrested.

Seven people died on the roads and injury collisions reduced from 563 to 551.

Mr Penman added: “The force has met a number of challenges across a wide range of issues, including our preparation for reform of the police service, serious crime investigations and responding to severe weather.”