ANGUS MACDONALD WELCOMES FURTHER 14% DROP IN RECORDED CRIME IN FORTH VALLEY SINCE LAST YEAR

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RECORDED CRIME IN SCOTLAND AT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1974

Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East is today (Tuesday) welcoming official crime statistics which show a nationwide record low in recorded crime since 1974.

The new figures show that recorded crime fell by a further 14% last year in the Central Scotland Police area, which itself follows year-on-year drops under the SNP Government. Since 2006/7, recorded crime in Scotland has fallen by 35% – including a 60% drop in crimes of handling an offensive weapon.

The clear-up rate for crimes also increased last year and is now at its highest level since 1976.

Welcoming the figures SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald said:

"This drop in crime is great news for everyone in towns and villages across Falkirk district and further evidence that the SNP is moving Scotland forward as a safer country in which to live, work and raise a family.

“The total number of crimes recorded by Central Scotland Police decreased by 14% between 2011-12 and 2102-13 to 14,056.

“Decreases were recorded in all of the 5 crime groups, ranging from a 1% decrease in ‘other’ crime, to a 22% drop in fire-raising, vandalism etc.

“Clear-up rates for all crime groups were above or the same as the corresponding figure for Scotland, with the exception of ‘other’ crimes, where the clear-up rate remained the same as 2011-12 at 98%.

"Crime is at a 39-year low, fear of crime is down, the risk of being a victim of crime in Scotland is falling and is lower than in England and Wales.

"This is backed by record numbers of police officers with Central Scotland figures up 46 – and over 1,000 extra throughout Scotland since 2007 – who are keeping communities safe and increasing the crime clear-up rate to its highest since 1976.

“That fall in crime has only been possible thanks to the incredible efforts of police officers across the area, and shows why recruiting more than 1,000 additional police officers across Scotland has been such an important SNP policy

"People are feeling safer in their communities and – despite the relentless scaremongering from opposition parties – record police numbers underline how decisions for Scotland are best made by those elected by the people of Scotland, rather than leaving matters in the hands of Westminster politicians.”

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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