Crime levels have fallen in Forth Valley according to the latest figures released by Police Scotland today, Tuesday 29th November.
The Quarter 2 Management Information, covering the period between April and September 2016, shows a drop of 460 crimes compared to the same period in 2015, a reduction of over 7%. This is accompanied by an increase in detection rates of 2.5%.
Significant falls in crime are noted for housebreakings, down 147 crimes or 35%; serious violence, reduced by 18 offences or 9 %; anti-social behaviour which is down 170 crimes and 11% in terms of Group 4 crimes like fireraising and vandalism, and down 1023 for anti-social behaviour incidents which is a 9.5% reduction; and for motor vehicle crime, down 40 offences or 13%.
Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen McAllister, said: “I’m really pleased that crime is falling in Forth Valley. Going into the busy festive period, I hope that this not only helps people feel safer but also serves as a reminder of all the hard work my officers and our partners are putting in to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. I’d like to thank them all for their efforts that will continue into 2017.
“The Your View Counts survey continues to be well received in Forth Valley and I’m delighted to say that we are making progress in all areas identified by communities as their priorities. Not only are our levels of housebreaking falling, but our detection rate is also going up.
“Serious violence has also reduced – however we have seen an increase in serious assaults and also in assaults on emergency services workers, which we have campaigned to raise awareness of with our blue light colleagues. Such violence in any section of society is unacceptable and we continue to pay particular attention to violence in domestic settings and in the night time economy. During the festive period we will be focusing on our partnership work with licensed premises and will have extra patrols in our busy town centres on key dates, as well as focused activity to support victims of domestic abuse.
“Anti-social behaviour is always a concern for residents, so to see such significant falls in both criminal offences and other incidents like noise and general disturbances means people can feel safer in their neighbourhoods.
“Drugs can also be a serious issue for communities and anti-social behaviour can often be a by-product. We have seen a drop in the number of drug offences but an increase in detection rates, so much so that we have solved 99.8% of them. We will always listen and act accordingly when we receive any information from communities about suspected drug production or supply, and I would encourage people to speak to local officers on 101 or pass information through Crimestoppers.”
The Your View Counts survey remains available on the Police Scotland and can be completed at any time, with all results from Forth Valley going towards shaping policing priorities.