Sex crime on the rise
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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