Crime reduction in Aberdeenshire
Opportunistic and violent crimes have "significantly" reduced in Aberdeenshire,
while officers have recovered more than £500,000 worth of drugs and seized almost £300,000
in cash as efforts continue to ensure the region remains one of the safest places in Scotland.
From April 2016 to March 2017 all forms of dishonest and opportunistic crimes decreased
compared to the same period the previous year, while a "substantial" reduction
of almost 13% was recorded compared to the 5-year average.
In particular house-breakings dropped 17% and were down almost 26% on the 5-year average.
Vehicle crime also reduced by more than 28% compared to figures for the last five years.
In addition violent crime is down 6.5% on the previous year and 5.6% against the
5-year average thanks to the sustained and ongoing efforts of Operation PINE,
the Division-wide response to tackling unwanted anti-social behaviour.
More than 200 drugs search warrants were also executed across Aberdeenshire during
the period in question, with more than £560,000 worth of controlled drugs recovered
and almost £300,000 seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson presented the latest police performance
figures to Aberdeenshire Council as part of Police Scotland's commitment to local scrutiny.
"These figures are testament to the very positive work ongoing
within the Division to ensure Aberdeenshire remains one of the safest places in the country.
"I would like to commend the work of police officers and staff which has contributed
to these positive results, which included detection rates being 3% higher than they
have been for many years.
"We can never be complacent though and will continue to focus on local priorities
to make the area a hostile environment for all types of crime. I am extremely appreciative
of the continued support we receive from the public and from our partners to do this,
and I would ask that we continue to work together to make Aberdeenshire an even safer
place to live."
Several rural crime initiatives have also been launched during the reporting period,
with sustained activity resulting in numerous charges and a number of stolen items
of machinery being recovered, sometimes in locations out with the North East.
In addition there has been a decrease of 23% in people being seriously injured
on roads. Divisional Roads Policing Units continue to support local Community Policing
Teams to deliver the highly-visible Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce)
which includes exploring opportunities to ensure that motorists remain safe on the
6,563 miles of road networks within Aberdeenshire.
Chief Superintendent Thomson added:
"We will continue to work with all our partners, communities, farmers,
land owners and residents in rural areas, villages and towns to ensure they are kept
as safe as possible and would ask that you also take precautions to reduce your chances
of being involved in crime.
"We will continue to work with all our partners, communities, farmers, land owners
and residents in rural areas, villages and towns to ensure they are kept as safe as
possible and would ask that you also take precautions to reduce your chances of being
involved in crime.