Recorded crime in Angus falls

Changes in total recorded crime between 2006/07 and 2015/16, by local authority area

Changes in total recorded crime between 2006/07 and 2015/16, by local authority area

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Both of Angus’ MSPs have welcomed figures released today that show a steep decline in recorded crime across the county since the SNP came to power in 2007.

SNP MSP for Angus North and Mearns Mairi Evans and SNP MSP for Angus South Graeme Dey have commented on the news.

Recorded crime in Angus has fallen by 39 per cent in the 10 years between 2006/07 and 2015/16, part of a nationwide fall of 41 per cent.

Local MSP Mairi Evans believes this “shows the success of SNP policies in policing and justice”.

Ms Evans said: “These are welcome figures that show a steep fall in recorded crime in the period since the SNP entered office in 2007 – and shows that SNP policies, such as having more police officers, have made our communities safer.

“It is excellent to see a decline in recorded crime of 39 per cent across Angus, part of a Scotland-wide picture that shows an overall fall of 41 per cent since 2006/07.

“Having safe communities where everyone feels welcome are vital to creating the Scotland that we all want to see – and these figures show that, under the SNP, we have made significant progress in achieving this goal.”

Mr Dey said: “These are encouraging figures that show a steep fall in recorded crime in the period since the SNP entered office in 2007, and demonstrate that policies, such as having more police officers, have helped make our communities safer.

“It is excellent to see a decline in recorded crime of 39 percent across Angus over the last ten years, part of a Scotland-wide picture that shows an overall fall of 41 per cent, and I pay tribute to the men and women of Police Scotland who have been key in achieving this progress in recent years.”

“Having safe communities where everyone feels welcome is vital to creating the Scotland that we all want to see, and these figures show that we have made significant progress towards achieving this goal.”

Recorded crime in Scotland is at its lowest level since 1974, according to new figures which have been released today.

In total, 246,243 crimes were recorded in 2015 to 16, compared to 256,350 in the previous year.

Key highlights include:

- Crimes of dishonesty including theft, housebreaking and shoplifting fell from 126,857 to 115,789

- Non-sexual crimes of violence are at their second lowest level since 1974 despite a slight rise over the twelve months from 6,357 to 6,775

- Fire-raising, vandalism etc. increased from 52,091 to 54,226, though this remains 58 per cent lower than in 2006 to 07

- Other crimes (mostly drug related or crimes against public justice) fell from 61,488 to 59,180.

- Crimes of handling offensive weapons have fallen to their lowest level since 1984, down to 3,111

- The number of offences recorded by the police in Scotland fell from 379,498 to 339,193. These include motor vehicle offences and breach of the peace

- The overall police clear-up rate increased by 1.2 percentage points to 51.6 per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland Iain Livingstone said: “The overall recorded crime picture remains largely positive with a 4 per cent fall in overall recorded crime across our communities.

“This coupled with an increase in the detection rate of 1.2 per cent reflects the hard work carried out by police officers and police staff throughout the country.

“The report also highlights the large demand on Police Scotland with 246,243 crimes recorded during 2015 to 16.

“The increase in the report of sexual crime is in part a reflection of the increased level of confidence the public has in reporting this type of crime to the police with the knowledge that every complaint will be handled sensitively and professionally.

“This equally applies to reports of historical abuse.

“We recognise the increase in crimes of violence and although this remains low in a historical context, we continue to work with partners in communities to tackle violence and address the influence that alcohol plays in many of these crimes.

“The recorded crime statistics are an important barometer on the level of service that the public get from Police Scotland, but they are only part of the picture.

“On a daily basis officers and staff provide help, advice and assistance on many different subjects ranging from anti-social behaviour, missing persons and mental health issues.

“In addition, we are developing a better understanding of the demands on modern policing in relation to issues such as cybercrime and online child exploitation which will be a focus for us in the future.

“Police Scotland will continue to engage with the public to identify issues in local communities across Scotland that will direct and inform the shape of policing for the future.”