Fall in housebreaking and crash death figures

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Police Scotland has today (Tuesday) released crime figures for the first quarter of 2015/2016 in Tayside Division, which shows a decrease in reports of housebreakings, a fall in the number of casualties of fatal and serious road traffic collisions and high detection rates for crimes of violence.

Compared with the months of April, May and June last year, there has been a 7.4 per cent reduction in reports of housebreakings across Tayside Division.

In addition there has been a significant 47.4 per cent increase in detections for non-domestic break-ins into property, which includes sheds, garages and outbuildings.

On our roads there has been a 10 per cent reduction in casualties overall and the number of people killed or seriously injured has reduced by seven compared to the same period last year.

There has been an increase in the number of assaults overall across the Division, with 35 more serious assaults being reported than the same time last year, but of these, over 94 per cent of serious assaults and just over 80 per cent of common assaults are detected cases. Reports of robberies in our area have also reduced by almost a third.

The reporting of sexual crimes continues to be on the increase as more victims have the confidence to come forward and report incidents. In Perth and Kinross nearly 60 per cent of serious sexual crimes reported have been historical in nature and similarly in Dundee almost a third of serious sexual crimes were reported more than twelve months after the crime occurred. Police Scotland recently launched the Rape ‘We Can Stop It’ awareness campaign and we continue to encourage victims of crime to come forward and report it, whilst reminding those who engage in sexual activity of the necessity for consent.

Reports of fraudulent activity have increased with officers in Tayside investigating 85 more crimes compared with the same three month period as last year. This can be attributed to active initiatives in Tayside Division, including Operation Monarda which raises awareness of fraudulent activity in connection with doorstep crime. We ask the public to remain alert to cold-callers, bogus workmen and online or postal scams. Officers continue to working closely with partners and the public to encourage early reporting of suspicious activity.

During April, May and June there were a series of high volume car vandalisms across the Division and this has contributed to the overall number of vandalisms increasing by around 50 per cent compared to the same period last year. Due to the indiscriminate nature of these incidents there has been a slight reduction in detections rates for this period and we continue to rely on the public to support our enquiries by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious incidents or persons to police.

Tayside Division has been extremely pro-active in dealing with drug-related crime throughout the region, carrying out warrant activity and intelligence led initiatives under Operation Slate. This is reflected in the number of reported crimes in this area increasing by over 30 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, Tayside Division said: “Our focus in Tayside Division continues to be very much on violent crime and whilst our detection rates remain high, we are committed to working with partner agencies to reduce instances of violence and the number of victims affected.

“There also continues to be an increased number of sexual crimes reported, many of which are historic in nature, which is reflective of the high level of professional support given to victims of these types of crime.

“I am also pleased that the Division’s intelligence-led drugs initiative Operation Slate, has seen an increase in the number of drugs supply and possession charges. This was identified as a local priority by our communities and we will continue to work hard to ensure organised criminals have no place to hide in the Tayside area.”