Performance figures released by Police Scotland figures for the year from April 2014 to March 2015 show that crime in Aberdeenshire is down on the previous year making the shire one of the safest places in Scotland to live.
According to the report presented to Aberdeenshire Council Policy and Resources Committee yesterday the number of reported crimes are are down on the previous year but detection rates are also lower than the previous year.
Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren talking about the figures said
Crimes of dishonesty, housebreakings, motor vehicle crime and common thefts are all down significantly compared to the previous year which is very encouraging. We’ve spent time reminding people to lock their cars and houses to avoid becoming a victim of crime and these figures demonstrate that by taking these simple precautions the impact on themselves and the demands on policing has dropped significantly.
The figures for antisocial behaviour and disorder are also positive with 247 fewer vandalisms, which is 16% fewer than the same period last year plus there were 382 fewer complaints of disorder and disturbances.
There has been a disappointing increase in serious assaults, although overall violence is remains down on previous years. A number of these incidents are fuelled by alcohol and those involved are known to each other. Through our work with Operation Sandside officers are aiming to reduce incidents of violence, but where incidents have taken place, deal with them robustly and ensure that offenders face the consequences of their actions.
As part of the operation officers have conducted visits alongside Licensing Standards Officers from Aberdeenshire Council to licenced premises to identify any compliance issues and officers regularly carry out high visibility patrols in order to deter alcohol fuelled violence.
We will continue to take measures to reduce violence as part of our activities on a daily basis. By effectively policing our towns and villages we want to provide communities with the reassurance that they can enjoy a night out in their local area safely.
There is no doubt however that alcohol plays a part in many of the assaults we deal with and so our advice is to drink sensibly and behave responsibly.
Our work through Operation Cedar (Challenge Educate Detect and Reduce) which aims to reduce casualties on our local roads continues and with speeding offences down 40% and drink / drug driving offences down 9% it is moving in the right direction. Sadly, however, there have been 28 deaths on our roads in the reporting year compared to 21 the previous year. Our work under Operation Cedar with increased patrols, increased education inputs to groups and detecting those who drive in a dangerous or careless manner will continue.
Although figures for rape and domestic abuse incidents have increased there is a growing confidence to report such incidents and while these types of crimes are wholly unacceptable it is encouraging that when incidents do occur, victims are feeling more confident about disclosing highly traumatic and personal details to us.
Overall I am pleased with the performance of our Division over the year. Each area’s Inspector and their teams work hard to listen to residents’ concerns and to work to reduce issues in their areas.
Aberdeenshire is one of the safest places to live in Scotland and working with our partners and the community we want it to stay that way.
While Aberdeenshire is undoubtedly one of the safest places in Scotland to live, the figures presented by Police Scotland show that there is room for improvement around crime detection rates.
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