Sex crime on the rise

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS -

Sex­ual crime is on the rise in South Ayr­shire, with a rise of more than 15 per cent in the last year.

Lat­est fig­ures pub­lished by Po­lice Scot­land show there were 53 sex crimes recorded be­tween April and July, a rise of 15.2 per cent on last year.

The over­all num­ber of crimes in South Ayr­shire is down by 2.5 per cent, with 3,419 crimes. There were 13,078 in­ci­dents recorded in the four month pe­riod.

The num­ber of miss­ing peo­ple re­ports rose by 51.2 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year, with 124 recorded by po­lice be­tween April and July.

Also on the rise in South Ayr­shire were dis­or­der com­plaints, with 2,231 recorded for a rise of 11.9 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year. Dis­hon­esty crimes also rose by 10.4 per cent.

Bu t cr i m e s o f house­break­ing, do­mes­tic abuse and road traf­fic ca­su­al­ties were all down, with do­mes­tic abuse re­ports fall­ing by al­most a quar­ter.

In East Ayr­shire, sex­ual crime rose by 145.9 per cent – but po­lice said the rise was due to a par­tic­u­larly low amount recorded in 2016.

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