Local crime stats revealed
The Reformer can exclusively reveal the total number of recorded crimes for Rutherglen and Cambuslang over the last two years.
Under a Freedom of Information request lodged with Police Scotland we received the figures for quarter four, which covers the period 1 April to 3 March over 2013/14 and 2014/15.
In Rutherglen for 2014/15 there were a total of 3888 recorded crimes. For the previous year there was a total of 3587.
For Cambuslang 2014/ 15 there were 4081 recorded crimes with the total for the previous year 4156.
Under group one crimes the number of serious assaults for 2013/14 in Rutherglen was 22 and stays the same for the following year.
In Cambuslang the number is 33 and also stays the same going in to 2014/15.
However group two -sexual offences - the number for 2013/14 was at 29 in Rutherglen and rose to 59 the following year. In Cambuslang there were 31 in 2013/14, raising to 61 the next year.
Under group three - crimes of dishonesty- in Rutherglen there was 80 attempted housebreakings in 2013/ 14 which dropped to 70 the following year. In Cambuslang there were 127, raising by three to 130 the following year.
In group four crimes including fireraising and malicious mischief, in Rutherglen, fireraising rose from nine incidents in 2013/14 to 16 the following year. For Cambuslang the number dropped from 30 in 2013/14 to 18 in 2014/15.
Inspector at Rutherglen Police Office Jim Gillespie said: “Crime statistics provide an indicator of what has been happening in the area, however they are one of a number of factors we consider prior to deploying officers to the areas where they are most needed.
Rutherglen MSP James Kelly said: “The figures that are the most striking are the rise in sexual offences and possession of drugs.
“The police are to be congratulated in tracking down those in Rutherglen and Cambuslang who are committing these offences.
Police Scotland this week published data detailing the number of crimes recorded between April and June 2015.
The data, broken data in to council areas, is available at http://www.scotland.police. uk.