The Northeast division commander thanked local communities for their continued support in releasing the latest crime figures for the region.
The performance report for the first quarter of 2022-23 – covering the period from April 1, 2022 to June 30 – indicates a slight increase in the overall crime rate compared to the same period last year, but increased detection rates were also noted in vital areas of policing, including sex crimes (more than 5%) and crimes of dishonesty (almost 4%).
In addition, thanks to the ongoing proactive work to remove illegal substances from our streets, more than 860 cases of drug-related crimes have been identified.
Division Commander, Chief Superintendent Kate Stephen said: “These latest quarterly figures are comparable to the same period last year – a time when the country was easing Covid-19 restrictions and life for many of us had not yet returned to normal . As such, it is difficult to compare the two time periods and the statistics do not always reflect the tremendous work being done in our communities to keep people safe. In saying this, quarterly data is a useful tool for me and my command team to identify areas where increasing crime trends are observed and respond accordingly. For example, there was a slight increase in Group 3 crimes, which was expected following the easing of restrictions, but we also saw an almost 4% increase in detections.
“The overall detection rate across all criminal groups has also increased by 4%, which I will always welcome as it means a larger number of criminals have been identified and more victims have been given the opportunity to receive support. The public health crisis has been challenging in many ways, but has enabled public services to find new and innovative ways of working together to provide this vital support.”
Nationwide, the number of crimes committed online continues to rise. Figures for the whole of Scotland show that fraud is up 8.15% on the same period last year, a 59% increase on the five-year average, with between 90 and 95% of crime having an online element. In the Northeast, a dedicated cybercrime team formed last year remains focused on tackling this growing area of policing at the forefront, developing on-the-ground expertise and developing preventative strategies to keep our communities safe.
Chief Superintendent Stephen added: “Police Scotland are constantly adapting to the changing needs of our communities. The country faces a new challenge as the cost of living crisis hits, and we know that this can have a significant impact on the entire population, which can manifest itself in an increasing role of public services, including the police. We’re keeping a close eye on trends to ensure we can respond, and it’s important that you let us know about issues in your community so we can increase our presence where needed and prioritize the issues that matter most to you.”
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