Acquisitive crimes including housebreakings and thefts of vehicles have dropped
by almost half across Aberdeenshire as officers continue to focus on the issues
that matter most to local communities.
North East Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson presented
the region's latest crime figures to Aberdeenshire Council as part of the Division's
commitment to local scrutiny.
Thanks to the significant efforts of Operation Magpie - an initiative launched to
tackle an increasing number of acquisitive crimes in the North East - housebreakings
have reduced by almost 49% compared to the 5-year average, with motor vehicle crime
also reducing by 49%.
Detection rates for robberies also reached 100% during April and June this year,
while the number of serious assaults decreased by 34%. Detection rates for serious
assaults also increased significantly - up to 90% - since the report was prepared
as investigations continued and suspects were identified and traced.
Chief Superintendent Thomson said:
"This should send a clear message to those who choose to behave in such a despicable
manner that you will be caught and you will be held accountable for your actions.
"Combined with improving detection rates, the picture across Aberdeenshire remains
very positive thanks to the combined efforts of Community Policing Teams, crime prevention
and CID officers who continue to increase our preventative measures in areas such as
"However despite repeated pleas there remains much work to be done to educate
home and vehicle owners of the need to be vigilant, and I would take this opportunity
once again to urge people to follow basic crime prevention measures including simply
ensuring your property is always locked and secure.
"We also continue to work extremely hard to dismantle serious and organised
crime in particular the sale and supply of illegal drugs, with the number of drugs
supply offences increasing by almost 70% in comparison to the 5-year average. It is
clear evidence that Police act on the intelligence provided by communities themselves
to detect offences and take those offenders to court."
Since last meeting with the scrutiny board, the number of serving officers stationed
across the Division has continued to increase and is now at the highest level for
A new North East Rural Crime Partnership has also been formed with a range of partners
including the National Farmers Union and Scottish Land & Estates to address the unique
challenges that can face rural communities and landowners.
"Aberdeenshire is one of the safest places in Scotland however that said we
can never be complacent and must continue to focus on our priorities for the region.
By finding new and innovative ways to share information with our partners and keeping
communities informed about what is going on in their area we can prevent more people
becoming victims of crime.
"These latest performance figures reflect the continued positive work ongoing
within Aberdeenshire under the leadership of the Local Area Commanders - Chief Inspector
Neil McDonald for Aberdeenshire North and Chief Inspector Murray Main for Aberdeenshire
South - and their dedicated team of police officers and police staff.
"However I am also well aware that this would not be possible without the excellent
support of our partners and the communities we serve. Please continue to tell us what
matters to you the most and make us aware of any concerns you have about crime in
your area by calling 101."