Is­lands’ crime rate drops to a 41-year low

The Oban Times - - News -

CRIME in the Western Isles has dropped by 60 per cent since 2007 and crime in Scot­land has reached a 41-year low, fig­ures have shown.

The sta­tis­tics, which were pub­lished by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment, show that Po­lice Scot­land recorded 444 crimes for 2014-15 in the is­lands.

This is down from 478 recorded the pre­vi­ous year and rep­re­sents a 60 per cent re­duc­tion from 2006- 07, when 1125 crimes were recorded.

The Western Isles cur­rently has the sec­ond low­est rate of crime in Scot­land.

MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alas­dair Allan, said: ‘This is fan­tas­tic news for ev­ery­one in the Western Isles.

‘Recorded crime has been steadily drop­ping over the past eight years and we are now see­ing the low­est lev­els of crime for a gen­er­a­tion.

‘ With the is­lands hav­ing the sec­ond low­est rate of recorded crime in Scot­land, this ce­ments our rep­u­ta­tion as one of the safest places in the coun­try and one of the best to bring up chil­dren.’

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