Police welcome drop in crime

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Grampian Police have welcomed the release of the national crime bulletin by the Scottish Government which highlights a drop in crime across the region.

The figures, published last week, show a positive performance for the force throughout the year 2011/12 with the number of recorded crimes in the region decreasing by 5 percent from the previous year to 29,226.

Decreases were recorded in all five crime groups between 2010/11 and 2011/12 with violent crime being slashed by as much as 21%. Detection rates for violent crime and sexual offences have also increased.

Deputy Chief Constable Colin Menzies said: “We are obviously encouraged by these figures which clearly demonstrate that the Local Policing Team model is achieving positive results for the communities of the North East.

“Our officers have worked closely with communities to identify and detect any offences in order to improve the standard of life across the region.

“That is clearly paying off with increased public confidence in reporting offences and some good improvements in detection rates.

“We are particularly pleased that detection rates have increased for violent crime at a time when the number of recorded crimes have fallen by 21%.

“Grampian Police is consistently striving to improve detection rates across the board.

“As a result of the force’s drive for continuous improvement a number of improvements were identified in relation to the services available for victims of sexual offences.

“The changes were adopted in April this year to make the service more accessible for victims and improve detection rates.

“We are aware that there will continue to be challenges as we look to further improve the service we provide to the people of Grampian but we are determined to overcome those in the coming year.”