ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES NEWS THAT RECORDED CRIME IN FALKIRK DISTRICT IS AT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1974

SNP WELCOME FURTHER 13% DROP SINCE LAST YEAR

Angus MacDonald MSP 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 13% last year, which itself follows year-on-year drops under the SNP. 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.

Angus MacDonald MSP welcomed the news, commenting,

“It is particularly heartening to see that crimes involving offensive weapons have decreased dramatically in the Falkirk area.  Between 2003/4 and 2012/13 recorded crime has fallen from 184 to 96. Housebreaking has also decreased from 1051 to 407 in the same period.

“This validates the Scottish Government policy of having more police on the street in contrast to the rest of Britain where police numbers have fallen and what remains of the force is set to be privatised.”

Angus MacDonald continued:

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

"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 – over 1,000 extra since 2007 – who are keeping communities safe and increasing the crime clear-up rate to its highest since 1976.

"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.”

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