Drop in the rate of violent crime in Aberdeenshire

Police Scotland seized �40,000 worth of drugs in Fraserburgh. Library image

Police Scotland seized �40,000 worth of drugs in Fraserburgh. Library image

New figures show the number of violent crimes in the North East have fallen since the amalgamation of Police Scotland.

In a report presented to the Aberdeenshire Council, figures show that there were 46 serious assualts, down from 53.

This is a fall of 13.2% between April 2013 to March 2014.

The performance results also show that there were 134 fewer victims of common assault compared to last year.

There has been a 4.7% fall in reported incidents of vandalism, with 1546 incidents fown from 1622 in 2012-13.

A national crack down on break-ins and thefts, dubbed Operation RAC, has also seen some positive results.

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.

“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.”




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