Statistics released by Police Scotland for the first quarter of 2014 (April 1 - June 30, 2014) have shown that the total number of recorded crimes has dropped by 18.5% compared to the same period last year within Aberdeenshire and Moray.
The number of robberies in Aberdeenshire and Moray is also down by 55.6% with detection for violent crime up by 11.1% to 100%.
The detection rate for domestic abuse crimes has also risen by 12.2% to 84.6%.
Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, Divisional Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray Division said: “These results are encouraging, however we will continue to focus on local issues that our communities tell us matter to them.
“There is no place for domestic abuse and we will thoroughly investigate reports of this nature to put those responsible to court. I want to encourage victims of domestic abuse to continue coming forward so we can help.
“We continue to witness positive results in regard to violence and I am pleased that we have seen a significant reduction in robberies by 55.6%. It is disappointing to see a rise in the amount of reported serious assaults; however we will continue to target those who commit violent offences in our communities.
“Violent crime can often be linked to alcohol and we have placed a strong focus on our responsibilities towards liquor licensing in order to reduce the risk of alcohol -related violence and anti-social behaviour. We will continue to deploy our resources to keep people safe and we welcome the increase in detection of violent crimes to 100%.”
Statistics show, however, that the number of people seriously injured in road traffic collision has remained the same as last year, with the number of people killed on the roads in Aberdeenshire and Moray having risen, with ten people killed compared to six in the same period last year.
The Chief Superintendent continued: “We continue to work to reduce the level of fatalities on the roads and highlight the risk of dangerous driving. We launched Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) in May 2014 and this multi -agency initiative aims to challenge driver behaviour and influence attitudes to road safety. It is intended that Operation CEDAR will reduce the number of road collisions and raise awareness of safe driving over the coming years and we continue to ask that drivers take heed of safety messages and are aware of the risks of the road in order to protect themselves and other road users.”