Reduction in number of violent crimes

Angus has seen a significant reduction in the number of violent crimes with 24 fewer victims this year than the five-year average.

There has been a 44 per cent reduction in attempted murder (four fewer victims) and a 20 per cent reduction in serious assaults (eight fewer victims).

Common assault has also seen a reduction of 55 victims this year.

As well as reductions in these crimes the chances of being arrested for committing these was much higher, with Angus police officers detecting more than 96 per cent of all serious assaults and over 81 per cent of all common assaults.

The figures relate to the first 10 months of Police Scotland (April 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014) with incidents being compared against the previous five-year average.

There was also a 30 per cent reduction in complaints about disorder with 4,665 complaints compared to the five-year average of 6,692.

In total, there were 2,695 Group 1-4 crimes (comprising violent crime, sexual offences, dishonesties, vandalism, fire-raising and malicious mischief) in the recording period, which represents a 14 per cent reduction compared to the five-year average (432 fewer crimes).

Acquisitive crime continues to be a concern in Angus with the number of crimes similar to previous years but detection rates falling.

Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson, Tayside Divisional Commander, said: “Angus remains one of the safest places to live and this is borne out by the large reductions in offences which we have seen across all categories of crime.

“Sadly we are still seeing increases in reporting of crimes of domestic abuse and sexual assault and this will remain a focus for my officers over the coming year.”

He continued: “Everybody has the right to feel secure in their own homes and safe from their partner but sadly with 932 cases of domestic abuse reported in Angus this year this is not the case.”

He added: “We work tirelessly to protect the victims and this will remain my officers’ focus.”