Stats reveal decrease in violent crime

Police officers in Tayside have been praised by Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, Tayside Divisional Commander, following the publication of crime stats for the area.

The figures showed Angus has a detection rate of 93.1 per cent for violent crimes and overall in Tayside, violent crime has decreased by 1.4 percent. Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith said: “We are focused on listening to people in our communities about what matters to them most and our policing priorities reflect this.

“Our officers and staff, with the support of colleagues from around the country, are dedicated to keeping people safe and ensuring that each town and village in Tayside are places where people can live, work and relax without fear of being a victim of crime.”

Domestic abuse task-force teams co-ordinate national efforts and support local investigation teams. In Tayside detection rates for this type of crime are 80.3 per cent and the Divisional Commander for Tayside is keen to encourage victims to come forward and report incidents to police.

Mr Smith said: “We want victims of sexual assault, rape or domestic abuse to report it to us. Officers investigating these crimes are specially trained to deal with these particular circumstances and dedicated to seeking justice for the victims and finding those responsible.”

Other figures for Tayside revealed that road safety continues to be a priority within the division and the number of casualties has reduced by 23.8 per cent (a decrease of 230). The number of people killed on the roads has decreased by 19 per cent (a decrease of four) and the number of people seriously injured has decreased by 6.7 per cent (eight fewer).

The number of stop and searches in Angus has increased, with 3710 in 2013/14 compared with 955 in 2012/13.

The number of domestic abuse incidents recorded in Angus decreased, with a 1.6 per cent decrease