More in­ci­dents of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour re­ported

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS -

THE num­ber of in­ci­dents of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour across Perth and Kin­ross, Dundee and An­gus re­ported to Po­lice Scot­land has risen, a new re­port shows.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives found there had been a 5% in­crease in re­ports across Scot­land as a whole.

There were 343,570 an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in­ci­dents re­ported in Scot­land dur­ing 2017-18, a rise of 17,794.

Perth and Kin­ross had the fourth high­est in­crease in the num­ber of re­ports – from 5,808 to 7,521.

An­gus also showed a large in­crease year on year with a 20% rise from 5,508 to 6,585.

Dundee had 15,026 in­ci­dents re­ported dur­ing 2017-18.

De­spite show­ing a 2% de­crease in the num­ber of re­ports, Fife still recorded the high­est num­ber, with an av­er­age of 75.5 in­ci­dents a day.

Shadow jus­tice sec­re­tary Liam Kerr said: “With such a sig­nif­i­cant rise, it is clear that Po­lice Scot­land must work with the com­mu­nity to pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble and de­ter those ter­ror­is­ing neigh­bour­hoods.”

A Po­lice Scot­land spokes­woman said: “Po­lice Scot­land is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in our com­mu­ni­ties in order to keep peo­ple safe.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: “Changes in lev­els of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour are best as­sessed us­ing mea­sures of the pop­u­la­tion’s ex­pe­ri­ence and all the ev­i­dence points to­wards a longterm, sus­tained re­duc­tion in Scot­land.

“The Scot­tish Crime and Jus­tice Sur­vey re­ports that the per­cent­age of adults who think peo­ple be­have in an an­ti­so­cial man­ner in their lo­cal area fell from 46% in 2008-09 to 29% by 2016-17, while more adults than ever be­fore feel safe walk­ing alone after dark in their lo­cal area.”

Liam Kerr

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