Drop in crime in past decade but keep alert

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

New fig­ures have re­vealed a drop in crime in South La­nark­shire over the last decade.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment statis­tics show recorded crime in South La­nark­shire has fallen by 37 per cent in the ten years between 2006/07 and 2015/16.

The fig­ure is less than the na­tional av­er­age, which shows a na­tion­wide fall of 41 per cent.

Across South La­nark­shire more than 13,000 crimes were recorded, which in­cluded 350 sex­ual crimes, 270 non-sex­ual crimes of vi­o­lence, over 5000 crimes of dis­hon­esty and more than 3000 charges re­lat­ing to dam­age, such as van­dal­ism and fire-rais­ing.

There were also more than 17,000 of­fences, which in­cludes mis­cel­la­neous and mo­tor­ing of­fences.

La­nark­shire’s top cop wel­comed the‘sub­stan­tial re­duc­tion’.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Roddy Irvine said:“Through­out the year, of­fi­cers have once again fo­cused on the key pri­or­i­ties iden­ti­fied by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and worked with our part­ner agen­cies to en­sure that there are sig­nif­i­cantly fewer vic­tims of crime than last year.

“Although we are pleased with these re­sults, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the ef­fect that every sin­gle crime has upon the vic­tim.

“We are not com­pla­cent and will con­tinue to tar­get any­one who com­mits crime, and deal with them ro­bustly, whilst pro­vid­ing the best sup­port we can to the vic­tims.

“Look­ing for­ward, I am en­sur­ing that we in La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion re­main ca­pa­ble of tack­ling crime as it changes, es­pe­cially in line with ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy.

“I’d like to re­mind ev­ery­one to be aware of the threat posed via the in­ter­net, es­pe­cially child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and fraud. In­creas­ingly, I re­gard the front­line of polic­ing to in­clude the bed­room or liv­ing room or wher­ever a com­puter may be lo­cated.

“I’d also like to re­mind peo­ple to take com­mon sense pre­cau­tions.

“Don’t put your­self in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion on­line with a stranger. You in­stantly lose con­trol of any im­age or video they ob­tain which can be shared around the world in sec­onds, and of­ten is.

“You can then find your­self a vic­tim of ex­tor­tion at­tempts. In terms of fraud, banks will never ask you for your pass­word. If some­one does then I can guar­an­tee you it’s not your bank.”

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