Crime in Grampian has dropped according to Government statistics.
In total there were 42 fewer crimes recorded this year than last year, with a drop of 12% in recorded crime when compared to 2008 and 2009. Crime overall in Scotland fell for the sixth year in a row with a 4% drop to the lowest level in 35 years.
SNP North East MSP Mark McDonald welcomed the official statistics which show that recorded crime levels in Grampian have remained static in comparison to the levels for 2009-10.
Recorded offences have risen, mainly due to a sharp increase in the number of motoring offences recorded by police. Crime clear-up rates in Grampian have increased marginally over the previous year.
Scottish clear up rates are in line with the last two years’ recent high level of 49 per cent, whilst the figures show a significant rise in the clear up rate for violent crime from 67 to 72 per cent - to a 35 year high.
Commenting, Mr. McDonald said, “I am pleased that Grampian police have maintained the impressive 12% drop in crime rates achieved last year and also ensured that crime clear-up rates have also improved slightly.
“It is disappointing that there has been such a dramatic rise in motoring offences in Grampian.
“There is clearly still work to be done on improving the attitudes of drivers, and I hope that initiatives like the Safe Drive, Stay Alive Scotland campaign will impact upon drivers in the North East so that we see some improvement next year.
“The latest Police Quarterly Strength figures, also published today, show that that there are 1,105 more police on Scotland’s streets than there were in March 2007, which shows that the SNP’s efforts to increase police numbers are also having a direct impact, as crime levels nationally have fallen to their lowest levels for 35 years.
“This is testament to the SNP’s commitment to policing in Scotland and I am pleased that it has had such a positive impact on the North East.”