Lo­cal crime stats re­vealed

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

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