Police Scotland reports released today show a drop in violent crime in Aberdeenshire for the first year of Police Scotland up to March 2014.
Figures which are to be presented to the Aberdeenshire Council Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday, June 12, show that serious assaults have fallen by 13.2%, with 46 incidents being reported compared to 53 last year and the detection of this offence has risen from 83% to 97.8%.
The performance results also show that there were 134 fewer victims of common assault compared to the previous year.
The figures also highlight that reported vandalisms have decreased since last year, with 1546 incidents being reported, compared to 1622 incidents in 2012-13.
The national initiative to tackle break-ins and thefts, Operation RAC, continues to produce positive results for Aberdeenshire with a slight reduction in the number of thefts by housebreakings, as well as a 10% increase in the detection rate for this type of offence.
Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, Divisional Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray Division, said
Break-ins and thefts continue to be a priority for us across the Division and Operation RAC will continue to run. It is pleasing that we have seen a slight reduction in thefts by house-breaking, but it is disappointing to see a large increase in thefts from vehicles. I want to encourage people to ensure valuables are removed from vehicles and they are locked.
There has also been an increase in the number of domestic abuse reports; the reporting of which is something we will continue to encourage. There is no place for domestic abuse and we will thoroughly investigate reports of this nature to put those responsible to court. I want to encourage victims of domestic abuse to continue coming forward so we can help.
We will continue to deploy our resources to keep people safe and so the reduction in serious assaults and increase in detections is a welcome result.
Much of our success comes from the communities themselves and so I want to ask the public to continue to support us by taking good, common sense, crime prevention measures. This includes locking their vehicles, and by providing information about suspicious behaviour or driving issues, for example, so we can take action and tackle the issues that matter to the communities.