Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Adam Ingram has today welcomed the decrease in crime figures in South Ayrshire.
The official stats show that there has been a drop of around 30% in recorded crimes in South Ayrshire since 2007.
And nationally, recorded crime is at its lowest level since 1974.
Commenting on the figures Mr Ingram said:
“In South Ayrshire we have seen a 30% decrease in recorded crimes since 2007. In the past year alone there has been a 14% drop in housebreakings and crimes including vandalism and fireraising have been more than halved since the SNP came to government in 2007.
“This drop in crime is good news for local communities across the country and further evidence that the SNP is moving Scotland forward as a safer country in which to live, work and raise a family.
“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 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.”