Recorded crime falls in Ayrshire

Recorded crime has continued to fall across Ayrshire in the past year, according to new figures published by Police Scotland.

Between April 1 2015 and March 31 2016, there was an overall 3.7 per cent decrease in crime, equating to 647 fewer reported crimes and an increase in the overall detection rate of 2.1 per cent to 54.0 per cent. There were 17,038 crimes recorded crimes in Ayrshire during the year with 9194 crimes detected.

Reductions in crime of violence and dishonesty accounted for a significant part of the fall in recorded with notable falls in housebreaking, motor vehicle crime and fraud.

Ayrshire Division has seen further reductions in crimes of serious violence, with 217 recorded instances of serious assault, down from 241 in the previous year and down against the five year average of 294 recorded crimes. Detection rates for serious violence crime have improved from 87.6% to 89%, one of the highest rates in Scotland.

Reported sexual crime recorded across Ayrshire has reduced with 579 crimes reported this year against 626 the previous year.

There has been an increase in reported vandalism and malicious mischief incidents, with 63 more incidents recorded this year when compared to last, however, our ability to detect these crimes has also increased, with culprits being identified in 7% more of these cases.

Reports of individuals carrying offensive and bladed weapons have also increased, from 195 instances last year increasing to 217 in this period. These were all detected by local officers.

Deaths on Ayrshire roads have reduced from 13 fatalities last year to 9 this year. However there has been an increase in road traffic collision casualties across Ayrshire with 783 casualties recorded in this period in comparison with 727 in the previous year.

Chief Superintendent Gillian MacDonald, Local Policing Commander for Ayrshire Division, said: “We continue to focus on the policing priorities that local people have identified for us including violent crime, drug dealing, disorder and dishonesty and continue to work with our partners and communities through initiatives such as Prevention First and the Hope Project to tackle those issues.”

“Recorded crime only tells part of the story. As a force we are committed to investigating historical sexual abuse, domestic abuse and other sexual offences, whenever this has taken place. Working with our partners, victims should have confidence in our ability to investigate and detect this form of criminality.

“The rise in vandalism related incidents is disappointing and I know that this is an area of concern for residents and businesses. In North Ayrshire we are piloting new Locality Policing Teams which will work closely with local partners and communities and will seek to get to the heart of some of those issues which can impact negatively on communities.

“I am incredibly proud of the commitment and professionalism I see from my officers and staff who deliver an excellent service to communities across Ayrshire every day. Their work and the work of our partners has supported yet further reductions in crimes and incidents in Ayrshire, making it one of the safest places to live, work and grow up in Scotland.

“We are of course absolutely committed to continuing to work with our partners and communities to address those things that continue to be of concern to them and I firmly believe, that across Ayrshire, we are well equipped rise to that and any other challenges of the future.”