Welcome for fall in crime figures

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Figures revealing that recorded crime in Scotland is at its lowest level for almost 40 years have been welcomed by local MSP Graeme Dey.

Mr Dey also praised the fact that Tayside has reflected the national trend with a reduction in recorded crimes for the eighth consecutive year, with an overall decline of six per cent between 2011/12 and 2012/13 to 17,806 incidents.

He said the achievement is “significant” and demonstrated that the Scottish Government is continuing to move in the right direction to better protect homes and communities.

Mr Dey continued: “These are, on the whole, very encouraging findings for Scotland and show the work being carried out by this SNP government is making our homes and communities safer places to live and work.

“Crime has fallen nationwide to its lowest point in 39 years, which is an incredible achievement. Although we can take great pride in that fact, there is no room for complacency and we must continue to target and punish those who commit an offence.”

In 2012-13, police in Tayside recorded increases in the clear-up rates for crimes of violence and sexual offences by three percentage points although fire-raising and vandalism decreased by five per cent compared with 2011-12. The rate for other crimes decreased by a percentage point while the clear-up rate for crimes of dishonesty remained the same as in 2011-12.

In Angus, the total number of recorded offences was up by 10 to 3,831 for 2012/13.

Mr Dey continued: “It is regrettable that crime in the county has risen slightly but I’m pleased to see there has been a drop in the number of sexual offences and serious assaults.”

Since 2006/7, recorded crime in Scotland has fallen overall by 35 per cent.