Crime levels have fallen in Fife 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 159 crimes compared to the same period in 2015, a reduction of 2.3%. This follows a 1% drop reported in Quarter 1.
Significant falls in crime are noted for housebreakings, down 42 crimes or 11% and vehicle crime, which has fallen 105 offences or 27%.
Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Colin Gall, said: “I have recently taken temporary charge of Fife Division and I’m heartened by the positive position I find it in. This drop in crime is very welcome at the start of the busy festive period, and my officers and our partners will all be continuing their hard work to keep everyone safe this winter. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for all their efforts, which will continue into 2017.
“The Your View Counts survey continues to be well received in Fife and whilst anti-social behaviour remains the community’s top identified priority, the number of incidents has fallen accordingly by 176 or 1.3%. Along with the day to day work of our community teams, partnership initiatives like the regeneration of Cowdenbeath High Street; the North East Fife Road Show that toured the area providing activities for young people during the summer holidays; and the F24 Project which saw local businesses support young people with a history of offending to design and build an electronic car and race in a national event, will all have played a key part in this reduction.
“Housebreaking is also one of the five local priorities and so I’m very pleased that rates have fallen again in Quarter 2. Local people have also told us they are concerned about the misuse and supply of drugs in their communities and whilst the number of offences has dropped slightly, there has been an increase in detection rates so much so that we have solved 99.5% 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.
“We have seen a rise in serious violent crime, by 25 offences. 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. We're working with partners in the Glenrothes area to pilot a new scheme to target violence in the home. We have local action plans in place across Fife ensuring our resources are in the right place at the right time to respond to any issues and ensure those who live in and visit the Kingdom can enjoy our pubs and clubs throughout the festive period and beyond. Our festive safety campaign has plenty of information and advice to help keep you safe on a night out under the Party Safe section which can be found on our website."
The Your View Counts survey remains available on the Police Scotland and can be completed at any time, with all results from Fife going towards shaping policing priorities.