Crime levels drop by a third in South Ayrshire in last decade

SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the figures. Picture Neil Hanna
SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the figures. Picture Neil Hanna

A recent report by the Scottish Government shows that crime levels across South Ayrshire have dropped by 31 per cent in the last ten years.

This is in line with the majority of Scotland which has seen an average drop of 39 per cent since 2005, the lowest for 41 years.

Notably in South Ayrshire there has been a significant drop in knife crime over this decade of 59 percent.

Local MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the news and praised the work of police men and women across Scotland.

He said: “Scotland’s communities are safer than they have been for 41 years and crime has now fallen for eight years in a row.

“These strong statistics are testament to the hard-work of our police officers. The work of the violence reduction unit and the no knives, better lives (NKBL) campaign in particular have made a substantial contribution to this reduction in offensive weapons crimes.”

The NKBL campain began in 2009 and was set up to raise awareness of the consequences of carriyng a knife.

It provides information and activities at a local level for young people.

Cabinet Secretary Justice Michael Matherson has said that the excellent statistics could also be down to additional police officers being taken on.

He said: “These strong statistics are backed by over 1,000 extra police officers since 2007; protecting the public and keeping communities safe.”

Across Scotland the number of people under 19 convicted of handling a weapon fell from 812 to 165 in eight years.