Published: 28/06/2018 15:09 - Updated: 28/06/2018 15:12

Police's "positive" work continues in Highlands

Police presence increased

Police in the Highlands have reported "significant reductions and increased detection rates" - in particular violent crime, with more than 230 fewer victims year on year.

Key reductions have also been recorded in acquisitive crime, while officers have also been focused on improving safety on the roads.

Significant efforts have been made in reducing serious levels of violence, with a 7.4% reduction in serious assault and a 9% reduction in common assault.

During the same period the number of robberies has dropped by 18, a reduction of 50%, while there have been 338 fewer incidents of disorder, a reduction of 10%.

Tackling acquisitive crime remains at the forefront of police activity, with domestic housebreaking cases having dropped by 35% and thefts from motor vehicles also having reduced by 24%.

The number of reported instances shoplifting has increased by 23% but close working relationships with retailers has resulted in an average detection rate in excess of 80%.

Highlands & Islands Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent George Macdonald presented the performance figures, which are linked to the Local Policing Plan 2017/2020, to a meeting of The Highland Council in Inverness today (Thursday, June 28).

Ch Supt Macdonald said: "These figures highlight the very positive work ongoing in the Highlands during the last year to tackle issues which most affect our communities.

"Partnership working is at the heart of our Local Policing Plan and remains key to our preventative approach. The positive outcomes we have reported are in many strands attributable to the collaborative approach we and our partners endorse.

"On our roads we have listened to the concerns of local communities and with the support of our colleagues in Roads Policing this has resulted in a 13% increase in the number of drink drivers who have been detected. In one way this is disappointing, but it also shows we are taking positive action to stop and remove suspected drink drivers from the roads.

"I would encourage our communities to report those they suspect continue to ignore the warnings and place themselves and other road users at risk.

"Tackling violence is a key priority in the Highlands and we are pleased to report a general reduction in this type of crime. This means that year on year 237 fewer people have become victims of violence in its broadest sense."

No local statistics have as yet been published. Those will later be presented to Badenoch and Strathspey’s Local Area Committee.

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