Crime figures falling in shire

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Crime in Aberdeenshire appears to be falling, according to performance figures released last week by Police Scotland.

Statistics show that housebreaking has reduced by 55.1% and common thefts have fallen by 30.6% in the second quarter of the year.

The figures have been presented to the local authority for the April to September 2014 period and also show crimes of dishonesty dropping by 30.9%.

Anti-social behaviour and vandalism has decreased by 12.1% and vandalism is currently at its lowest quarterly level across Aberdeenshire in 10 years.

The Division’s Quarterly Report shows a decrease in thefts from vehicles, with motor vehicle crime dropping by 46.1%.

This equates to 164 fewer vehicle crimes reported compared to the same period last year.

The figures also show that there were 73 fewer victims of common assault across Aberdeenshire.

Officers have been encouraged by the recent Aberdeenshire Citizen’s Panel Survey in which 98% of panel members felt that Aberdeenshire was either a very safe or fairly safe place to live.

Detections for road traffic offences have decreased, with speeding offences and mobile phone offences dropping by 50.5% and 53.8% respectively.

Detections for dangerous driving are down by 22.7%.

Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, divisional commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: “These results are encouraging.

‘‘They reflect the good work put in by police officers and staff across Aberdeenshire, but we will not be complacent.

‘‘Despite the drop in road traffic offences, we have still seen 14 people killed on our roads in recent months.

‘‘This highlights the importance of Police Scotland strategies like Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce), a campaign aimed at encouraging drivers to take more responsibility on the roads.

“We remain committed to keeping people safe across all of Aberdeenshire.

‘‘I am confident that, with the support of local communities, we will improve on these figures over the coming months.”