Reduction in crime in Angus

VIOLENT crime, vandalism and domestic housebreaking are down across the Angus area, according to figures released this week by Tayside Police.

The force’s police performance report, presented to Angus Council’s police and fire and rescue sub committee, also showed that in a recent survey more than 90 per cent of people perceived Angus as a safe place in which to live.

As the new single police service will be introduced to the county’s communities, the committee will oversee the scrutiny arrangements for the new force.

Superintendent Kevin Lynch, head of operational policing in Angus, told the committee that Tayside Police met three out of four of its crime targets in Angus by December with violent crime, vandalism and domestic housebreaking all seeing a reduction.

He also pointed out that there has been a 5.2 per cent decrease in violent crime in the same period and of these crimes 90.9% have been detected. There has been a slight increase in crime across Angus over all with a 2.9 per cent rise between April and November 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, representing 61 additional crimes across the county during those eight months.

The number of vandalisms has also decreased by almost one per cent on last year’s results as well as a slight decrease in the detection rate for these crimes although Mr Lynch said that a number of crimes remain under enquiry and it is expected this position can be improved upon.

Domestic housebreaking in Angus has decreased on the same period last year by 5.7 per cent, putting police Angus in a good position to achieve their target set for the year. Additionally the detection rate is currently 4.9 per cent above target.

There were 36 crimes recorded of offences for supply or possession with the intent to supply drugs compared to 37 last year.

Complaints regarding antisocial behaviour and, in particular, youths causing annoyance have reduced by 24.7 per cent in comparison with the same period last year and Mr Lynch put much of this success down to Friday Night Projects in every town in Angus.

In a recent survey 96.2 per cent of respondents perceived their neighbourhood in Angus to be a safe place in which to live, an improvement of 2.9 per cent compared to 2011 when 93.3 per cent of respondents were of the same opinion.

Superintendent Lynch said: “Overall, customer satisfaction in Angus remains at a very high level, with 95.1 per cent of those surveyed satisfied with their first contact with the police. This is above our target of 94 per cent and an almost four per cent increase on last year.

“We have seen almost an 11 per cent increase in the number of members of the public who have received an update on their enquiries, which is 5 per cent above our target for the year.

“Angus is regarded as one of the safest places to live in Scotland. Community policing plays a vital role in keeping people safe, along with listening to the needs of the local community which is key to tackling, preventing and reducing crime.”