Drugs, road safety and anti-social behaviour top Ayrshire police priorities for new year

A total of 9,196 crimes were reported to police in the Ayrshire area which is covered by ‘U’ Division from 1 April to 30 September 2014.

Just over 9000 crimes were recorded in the same period last year.

This represents a 2.2 per cent increase in total crime recorded in the first six months of this financial year compared to last 2013/2014.

Police say significant reductions have been made across a number of areas, however, including personal violence, anti-social behaviour, dangerous driving offences and house-breaking.

Chief Superintendent Gillian MacDonald, Divisional Commander of ‘U’ Division, said: “These latest figures are encouraging and reflect the commitment of police officers and staff to reducing crime and victimisation across Ayrshire. Our priority is keeping people safe and reducing the number of people becoming victims of crime.

“We also continue to tackle those issues that cause people in communities across Ayrshire most concern”

“We listened to residents ahead of publishing our local policing plans in North, East and South Ayrshire and people told us that the top-three priorities that they want us to tackle are; drug dealing and misuse, road safety, violence and anti-social behaviour. I believe we are doing a good job of tackling what matters most to the people of Ayrshire and we will continue to focus on these issues.”

Our detection rates for all categories of violent and sexual crime is extremely strong and we will continue to ensure that where violent crime occurs we will pursue every opportunity to arrest those responsible.

“We are committed to keeping people safe across all of Ayrshire. We’ve already achieved some great results and I am confident that with the support of local communities we will continue to build on this in the coming months.”

A breakdown of the first six month recorded management figures for U Division includes:

Attempted murder reduced by 28.6% with two fewer victims

• Serious assaults have reduced by 7.4%, 9 fewer victims

• Petty assaults have reduced by 8.2%, 60 fewer victims

• The number of serious sexual assaults has decreased by 14.8 per cent to 46 incidents

• Sexual crime overall increased by 12.8 per cent to 334 incidents. (Note to editors. This includes proactive work by police to track offenders previous offending history and identify previous victims.)

• Domestic abuse incidents have increased by 2.4 per cent to 2420 incidents

• House breaking has decreased by 12.7 per cent to 767 incidents.

• The number of people consuming alcohol in public has decreased by 26.5 per cent with 931 incidents

• A total of 30,3664 searches were carried out of which 6,591 were positive.

• Drink and drug driving offences have fallen by 23.2 per cent to 182 offences

• Dangerous driving offences have reduced by 58.9%

• Road casualties have reduced overall by 9%, but 6 people were still killed on our roads, the same number as last year

• Possession of drugs offences have increased by 21.8 per cent, with 1016 incidents recorded.

• Offensive weapon offences have increased by 22 cases (23.3%)

• Knife/bladed weapons offences have decreased, with 2 fewer cases recorded