Q1 stats for Fife released

Published 20 August 2019

Violence, sexual assault and antisocial behaviour have all fallen within the Kingdom during the first quarter of 2019.

Police Scotland's Q1 stats have been issued for the period of April to June and show that the range of ongoing initiatives to tackle serious crime in Fife are paying dividends.

In comparison to the same period in 2018, serious assaults have fallen by over 10 per cent, meaning seven fewer victims. Additionally, there were 162 less common assaults, which is a reduction of almost 14 per cent.

Robbery also fell by almost 40 per cent (38.95), equating to seven fewer crimes of this nature.

Officers have also been encouraged by the rise in detection for all of these offences, with detection rising by 5.2 per cent, 2.7 per cent and 47.5 percent for serious assault, common assault and robbery, respectively.

The number of sexual crimes recorded between April and June 2019 reduced by seven incidents, a fall of almost 3 per cent. The associated detection rate of sexual crimes has also risen by over 10 percent and now sits at 79.6 per cent. Rape detection rates also increased significantly during this reporting period to 102.6 per cent - a rise of 33.5 per cent.

The first quarter also shows a fall in the number of antisocial behaviour reports, with 264 less incidents having been reported - a decrease of almost four percent. There were also 90 fewer reports of vandalism, which is a reduction of 11.6 per cent.

Detection rates for such crimes remains consistent at 37. percent - a slight rise of 0.7 per cent.

From April to October 2019, Fife Division secured funding, which allowed two full time police officers to be dedicated solely to all aspects in support of collaborative prevention, intervention and enforcement activities in the Levenmouth area to target the antisocial use of motorcycles, as part of Operation Reflector.

Activities include engaging with young people whilst providing a level of support to the areas impacted by such anti-social behaviour. Reassurance is provided through high visibility patrols, plain clothed deployments, cycle patrols, and additional CCTV capabilities in areas identified as suffering from this type of anti-social behaviour.

Work with partners continues to include support from community groups, local businesses, Elected Members, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Education, Housing Associations, Fife Council Safer Communities, Detached Youth Workers and valued support from 3rd sector partners.

The work being carried out within the Levenmouth area has resulted in a 45 per cent reduction in motorcycle-related antisocial behaviour.

The April-June 2019 figures highlight an increase in all forms of housebreaking across Fife, with 34 additional reports being made, compared to the same period last year. This equates to a 20.7 per cent rise in break-ins to homes, businesses and outbuildings.

In addition, shoplifting from Kingdom businesses have also risen, with 74 more incidents occurring - a rise of almost 13 per cent.

Despite the rise, detection rates for shoplifting remain consistent at 81.5 per cent.

Between April and June 2018, there were two fatal collisions on Fife's Roads. During the same period in 2019, there were three, while serious injury and slight injury collisions also rose by 40 per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively.

Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan, Divisional Commander for Fife said: "I believe the Q1 stats demonstrate some significant success in tackling the serious crimes, which impact upon communities throughout Fife, while at the same time, highlighting areas where we must continue to focus our efforts.

"Operation Path, the ongoing campaign to tackle violence and bring offenders to justice, had made considerable strides in reducing violent crime and we will not become complacent with our efforts to reduce such offences further. I want to make it clear that violence of any form will not be tolerated and should you be found to be involved in any incidents where violence is a factor, you can expect a visit from us.

"It is also extremely heartening to see a reduction in sexual offences, which we know can have a significant long-term impact on victims. What I would like to stress, however, is that we know certain forms of sexual crime remain under-reported and I would urge those who have been subject to any form of sexual abuse or sexual violence, to come forward so we can conduct a thorough and professional investigation.

"One of the crime groups that we know has a continued adverse affect on communities is antisocial behaviour and through Operation Prevail, we continue to address the range of associated offences, which cause distress to those living within the Kingdom. The most common form of antisocial behaviour, which we receive reports relating to, is that where a  motorcycle, quad bike or similar vehicle has been used. Operation Reflector was launched to investigate and deter such offences and the 45 per cent fall in these reports is very encouraging. Nevertheless, we will not relent in our efforts to stop being riding in a manner, which causes fear and alarm to the public and places people at risk of serious injury.

"I fully appreciate that the rise in acquisitive crime offences, including housebreaking and shoplifting, will be of concern to homeowners and businesses alike and I want to reassure all members of our communities that we are working tirelessly to address this rise.

"Operation Principle is our dedicated initiative aimed at tackling acquisitive crime and on a daily basis we are in dialogue as to how we can reduce instances of housebreaking. This includes ensuring the public have access to all relevant crime prevention information, which we regularly share on our social media channels, and can be accessed at any time on our website at www.scotland.police.uk.

"Community Safety Officers continually engage with retails premises and supermarkets in order to provide free security assessments relating to shop layout, current security measures and CCTV capabilities. Dedicated officers review shoplifting incidents with the objective of reducing offending and target those who repeat offend. We conduct high-visibility patrols in problematic areas; however, officers also adopt a more covert approach in order to detect persistent and prolific offenders when and where required.

"Finally, casualty reduction on our roads is a Police Scotland priority and something we take extremely seriously here in Fife. While the rise in fatal, serious and slight injury collisions is of course, something we need to look at, our Road Policing Officers are monitoring all of the main arterial routes within the Kingdom on a daily basis to detect motoring offences and take the appropriate action - be it, educational advise to motorists, or enforcement action.

"Young drivers are the demographic most likely to be involved in road collisions and we know the importance of engaging closely with this age-group to promote road safety matter.  Fife Council's Safer Communities Team in partnership with Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service, delivered another  Drivewise event for 120 Glenrothes secondary pupils at the Leuchars Station (MOD) base, in April this year.

"The Drivewise project, which is funded by Fife Council Safer Communities and supported by John Clark Specialist Motors , gave the young people an opportunity to learn basic driving techniques and road rules, by carrying out a series of simple manoeuvres in a vehicle. 

"I wish to thank all of the hardworking police officers and staff working within Fife Division for their efforts during the first quarter of 2019 and at the same time reassure our Fife communities that we are working to deliver improved results for the second quarter and beyond."

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