Sex crime de­tec­tion in area is down 25% MSP calls for public to ‘re­main vig­i­lant’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Henshaw

Sex crime de­tec­tions in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have dropped by 25 per cent in the last year.

Fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest we lodged with Po­lice Scot­land, the Re­former can re­veal that from June 2012 un­til May 2013 there were 71 crimes of in­de­cency de­tected — 41 in Cam­bus­lang and 30 in Ruther­glen.

Dur­ing that pe­riod there were a to­tal of 269 in South La­nark­shire.

How­ever, from June 2013 un­til May 2014 there were 53 de­tec­tions, with 30 in Cam­bus­lang and 23 in Ruther­glen. The num­ber for the whole of the county also de­creased to 233.

Crimes of in­de­cency in­clude rape, in­de­cent as­sault, lewd and li­bidi­nous prac­tices as well as in­de­cent ex­po­sure. De­tec­tions are crimes which are re­ported, be­fore pros­e­cu­tion.

Chief In­spec­tor for Ruther­glen Po­lice Pat O’Cal­laghan said: “All crimes of this type are taken se­ri­ously and in­ves­ti­gated thor­oughly.”

It should be noted th­ese fig­ures are the num­ber of sex crimes ac­tu­ally recorded. The fig­ures may in­clude his­tor­i­cal crimes that did not take place in the pre­vi­ous two years but were re­ported to po­lice.

And al­though the num­ber of de­tec­tions are down, the fig­ure is still high for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang com­pared with their pop­u­la­tion to the rest of South La­nark­shire. The two towns made up 22 per cent of sex crimes de­tected in South La­nark­shire, de­spite having 19 per cent of its pop­u­la­tion.

MSP for Ruther­glen James Kelly wel­comed the re­duc­tion in de­tec­tions but asked peo­ple to re­main vig­i­lant.

He said: “Crimes of an in­de­cent or sex­ual na­ture un­der­stand­ably cause anx­i­ety among peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang. Al­though the fig­ures have gone down slightly, the public must re­main vig­i­lant and the po­lice proac­tive to en­sure where there are any of th­ese in­ci­dents lo­cally, the per­pe­tra­tors are brought to jus­tice.”

There were 8604 sex­ual crimes recorded byy Po­lice Scot­land dur­ing 2013/14, an in­crease of 911 (11.8 per cent) from the pre­vi­ous year.

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