Moray crime rates at lowest for five years
Published 16 February 2017
Moray continues to be one of the safest places to live in Scotland, with crime rates now at their lowest levels for five years and detection rates reaching an all-time high.
The latest statistics - which were presented to Moray Council today (Thursday February 16, 2017) as part of Police Scotland’s commitment to local scrutiny - revealed crimes of dishonesty were down almost a third between April and December 2016 compared to the same period the previous year. Dishonest crimes are also down a third on the 5-year average while detection rates have increased by more than 12%.
Housebreakings were also down 40% on the 5-year average, and down 15% on the same period the previous year. Common thefts are down more than 35% on the 5-year average, with detection rates increasing by more than 13%.
Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson said: "Crime in Moray has significantly reduced due to some excellent work in North East Division, but I know these positive results could not be achieved without the strong partnership working which exists across the region and support from the public.
"Tackling acquisitive crime is a priority under Operation Magpie, with day-to-day analytical work carried out combined with preventative tactics to identify offenders and maximise enforcement opportunities. In addition motor vehicle crime in Moray is down a third on last year and around 30% on the 5-year average. Detection rates are also up 15%.
"Vandalism has also significantly reduced, down a fifth on the past 5 years and 19% on the previous year. Operation Regard was launched to tackle vandalism in Moray as, although it may appear to be a lower level crime, it seriously affects the quality of life for those living and working here.
"My message to those individuals who choose to disrupt our communities is clear - your actions will not be tolerated and we will use every tactic available to us to identify you, trace you and bring you to court."
Officers have also significantly disrupted the activities of at least three Serious Organised Crime Groups (SOCGs) operating within Moray in the past year, with numerous smaller groups tackled under Operation Aspen, the Division-wide operation to tackle drugs. Around 70 drugs warrants were executed between January 1 and December 31, with a potential value of £123,360.
In addition, between April and December Police seized almost £80,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act - a 150% increase on the same period the previous year.
Chief Superintendent Thomson said: "North East Division will continue to robustly target SOCGs which operate in our communities to ensure that Moray remains a hostile environment for them to operate. These groups are predominantly English-based and not local to the area, so therefore don’t care about the impact they have.
"I would continue to urge the public to assist us in targeting those intent on harming our communities by dealing drugs to let us know your concerns if you suspect someone is involved in illegal activity."Chief Superintendent Thomson added: "While I welcome these encouraging figures, there is no room for complacency. Less crime means less victims which means safer communities for all those who live and work in Moray.
"We remain committed to working alongside our partners and with our communities to build on these positive results."
Find out more about local policing issues in this area by visiting: Buckie, Elgin City North, Elgin City South, Fochabers Lhanbryde, Forres, Heldon and Laich, Keith and Cullen, Moray, North East, Speyside Glenlivet
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.