Assaults, Robberies and Vandalisms fall in Moray

Published 07 November 2013

Statistics released by Police Scotland have shown that assaults in the Moray area has fallen by 4%, robberies by 40% and vandalism by 17% compared to the same period last year.

Performance reports for the first six months of Police Scotland also show the number of recorded sex offences has dropped by 8%.

The figures also show that theft by housebreaking has increased by 24% with the detection rate increasing by 15%.

The number of reported incidents of domestic abuse has also increased by 17%.

Moray Division Chief Inspector Willie Findlay said the figures reflect the dedication and professionalism of the police officers and staff in the area.

He said: "The performance report highlights a number of positive outcomes for the Moray area which is to a large extent down to the positive relationships which have been built up with partner organisations including the Moray Council, NHS Grampian and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as well as our communities."

"Our focus is on keeping people safe and we have listened to the concerns of our communities and acted upon them. For example vandalism was an area of concern and due to initiatives focused on tackling the issue and anti-social behaviour we have seen a 17% reduction.

"Although we have seen a slight increase in the number of thefts in the area our detection rate has also increased.

"The rise in the number of reported incidents of domestic abuse is down to the support and encouragement victims or those who know victims are being given in coming forward.

"Tackling domestic abuse is very much a priority under Police Scotland and we will proactively identify and arrest offenders and continue to monitor their compliance with any bail conditions or home curfews after they've been to court.

"Effective long-term reductions will only occur if we work closely with partners and strong relationships have been established with the Moray Domestic Abuse Partnership which works with a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations in the area of domestic abuse.

Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, Divisional Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: "The performance report highlights a number of positive outcomes for the Moray area since the formation of Police Scotland on April 1, including numerous operations and initiatives focused on keeping people safe. However, we will not become complacent and our primary focus is to maintain and increase the rate of crime detection throughout Moray.

"Thefts from vehicles and property remains a concern, and we have launched several campaigns urging residents to lock their doors and leave their property secure when unattended.

"Overall, the detection rate for crimes of dishonesty is steadily improving and our on-going focus within the division is to reduce the number of thefts recorded and continue to see an increase in the detection rate.

"Our message is clear - we will continue to listen to the concerns of our communities and will act upon them."

Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Your Community

Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Aberdeenshire and Moray, Buckie, Elgin City North, Elgin City South, Fochabers Lhanbryde, Forres, Heldon and Laich, Keith and Cullen, Moray, Speyside Glenlivet

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