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