Residents feel safe in the area they live

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Speeding, drug dealing/drug abuse and youths causing annoyance are the top three issues that cause concern for neighbourhoods in Montrose and Brechin, an Angus Local Policing Area report states.

Despite these concerns, 98.6 per cent of people in the area, who responded to the public perception survey from April to January 2013, have stated that they rate their neighbourhoods as a safe place to live, up 0.2 per cent from 2011-12.

The number of residents who thought that crime in their neighbourhood had remained the same, or improved, over the past year rose by 12.6 per cent to 85.5 per cent. However, 7.9 per cent more people (27.9 per cent) were concerned about being a victim of crime compared to the same period in 2011-12.

There was a slight reduction, 2.6 per cent, in the number of residents who felt safe walking alone in their neighbourhood during the day and a 10 per cent drop for those walking in the dark, taking the percentage of residents who felt safe to 95.8 per cent and 57.8 per cent respectively.

There was also a slight increase in the number of people who perceived that Tayside Police performed “very” or “fairly” well at providing a visible presence, rising by 1.6 per cent to 57.6 per cent.

In a customer satisfaction survey, held over the same period of time, Montrose and Brechin saw a significant rise in the number of customers who received an update on the progress of their enquiry, from just 49.3 to 65.6 per cent.

Although customer satisfaction rose in four out of the five categories surveyed, the Montrose and Brechin area fell short of the 85 per cent target for the overall satisfaction rating of the service provided by Tayside Police with a score of 83.3 per cent.

Across Angus two out of five crime detection targets were achieved - violent crime and domestic house breaking detections, however officers in Brechin and Montrose also hit target on robbery detection rates.

Local officers fell just short of target for the detection of crimes in Group 1-4 (violent crime, sexual offences, crimes of dishonesty and vandalism, fire-raising and malicious mischief) and the detection rate of vandalism.

Across the Angus area three out of four crime reduction targets were met by January seeing a fall of violent crime of 12 per cent, vandalism by 1.2 per cent and domestic housebreaking by 2.5 per cent. A reduction in robbery crime was not achieved.

Overall Group 1-4 crimes committed rose by 2.4 per cent compared to last year.

Angus road casualty figures showed there were six fatalities, none of whom were children, by the end of January, compared with four last year. Serious casualty numbers have fallen by 32.7 per cent, from 52 to 35, three of whom were children.

All measures are on track to achieve target, based on the Scottish Government’s Road Safety Framework for Scotland, at the end of March 2013.