Overall crime in Fife has fallen in the second quarter, according to the latest figures released by Police Scotland.
The Q2 Management of Information statistics for April - September 2019 show that 274 less offences took place within the Kingdom, compared to the same period last year.
This equates to a reduction of 3.7%, with acquisitive crime, violence, sexual offences and antisocial behaviour all falling.
Sexual offences, overall, within Fife have fallen by almost 4% this year and officers are keen to stress that members of the public who have been victim of such crimes should contact police, either directly, or via the third party reporting system, so these reports can be dealt with sensitively and professionally.
Through Operation Path, significant work continues to be undertaken on a daily basis to tackle violent crime, remove dangerous weapons from our communities and bring violent offenders to justice.
As a result, serious assaults have decreased by 18%, with 234 fewer incidents having occurred in comparison to 2018. Similarly, minor assaults are also down by 16.5%, meaning 380 less victims this year. Detection levels for serious and minor assaults are currently sitting at 93.6% and 102.6% respectively.
Tackling all forms of acquisitive crime has been a divisional priority within Fife and between April and September this year, domestic housebreaking has reduced from 152, to 126 incidents - a fall of over 17%.
There have also been seven less robbery reports in this quarter, with 32 having been reported over the three month period. The detection rate for robbery remains high at 96%.
Motor vehicle crime, thefts and reports of shoplifting are also down on the 2018 figures.
Fraud offences, however, which includes phishing, vishing and romance fraud have risen by over 34% from 269 last year, to 361 this year.
Overall, dishonesty offences dropped by 3% from 3378 reports, to 3276 and further work is being done as part of Operation Principle to reduce these figures further and increase public awareness of ongoing scams within Fife to reduce the number of victims.
Operation Prevail is Fife Division's response to all forms of antisocial behaviour and some notable successes in reducing crimes of this nature have been observed in the 2019 Q2 stats.
Overall, antisocial behaviour has fallen from 14,302 reports, to 13, 234 - a decrease of 7.5% and this is attributed to extensive partnership activity conducted throughout Fife aimed at diverting young people away from getting involved in such offences.
Incidents of vandalism have reduced by 12%, with 177 less crimes occurring.
Most significantly, however, fire-raising is down by over 25% in the second quarter. In April-September 2018, 82 offences were reported, with 61 calls being made in the same period for 2019.
Reducing the number of serious and fatal road collisions in Fife is another priority for the division and it is noted that these incidents have risen in comparison to last year. Fatal collisions for Q2 have doubled from 5, to 10 and serious collisions are also up from 38 to 43.
A number of partnership initiatives and specialist campaigns aimed at promoting safe and responsible driving take place within the Kingdom on a regular basis, including the Drivewise young driver event at Leuchars Military Base, and the annual festive drink driving campaign. In addition, Road Policing Officers monitor the Fife road network daily as part of Operation Paramount, to identify motoring offences and take appropriate enforcement or education action, when required.
Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan, Divisional Commander for Fife said: "It is extremely encouraging to see wholesale reductions in various crimes across the Kingdom and I want to take this opportunity to thank my officers and staff for the outstanding work they do on a daily basis, alongside our relevant partners.
"Where we have seen successes in the second quarter, we cannot and will not become complacent and, as the figures for fraud and road collisions suggest, we have must work with other agencies to reduce these figures as part of Operation Principle and Operation Paramount respectively.
"I want to assure our communities that throughout Fife, local officers are regularly undertaking a range of policing initiatives and partnership collaborations aimed at improving the quality of life for everyone who live, work and visit here.
"The public have a vital role to play in our efforts to reduce crime by taking appropriate prevention steps, both in relation to their personal safety and the security of their homes, businesses and vehicles. We have a range of really useful information about crime prevention available on our website at www.scotland.police.uk."