Number of serious assaults in Aberdeenshire down

Police Scotland Officers on patrol
Police Scotland Officers on patrol

Performance figures for crimes in Aberdeenshire show that robberies have fallen by 35% and serious assaults have fallen by over 12% during the first nine months of Police Scotland.

The figures have been presented to the Local Authority for the April 2013 to December 2013 period and also show common assaults down by 8% and vandalisms down by nearly 10%.

Figures show that detections for road traffic offences have increased, with speeding offences up by 86%, mobile phone offences up by 140% and detections for disqualified driving up by 42%.

Statistics also show an increase in thefts from vehicles, with 100 more offences being committed resulting in a 33% increase.

Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, Divisional Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray said: “There are some encouraging results from the first nine months of Police Scotland but we are not complacent.

“It is disappointing that housebreakings have increased, however we have dedicated resources to tackle this problem and Police Scotland launched national campaign, Operation RAC, to target offenders and reduce break-ins.

“We will continue to feed resources into the areas that matter and focus on the issues that communities tell us matter to them.

“We rely on support from the public and I encourage people to report suspicious behaviour to us so that we can take action.”