Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has praised East Kilbride’s Police Officers after the latest figures shown yet another drop in crime. The new figures show that recorded crime fell by a further 13% across Scotland last year, which itself follows year-on-year drops under the SNP.
“This is great news and a real testament to the hard work and dedication of our Police Service. The Scottish Government made a commitment to protect frontline Police services and we can today see the benefit of that decision with the news that crime is at a 39-year low. We have a record numbers of police officers – over 1,000 extra since 2007 – who are keeping communities safe and increasing the crime clear-up rate to its highest since 1976.
“Investment in educational programmes such as ‘No Knives, Better Lives’ has made a substantial difference to communities with crimes of handling an offensive weapon down by 60 per cent since 2006-07. However, there will be no complacency or let-up in our efforts to tackle violent crime.
“Our Community Policing Team, under Community Inspector Mark Leonard, work hard to foster good relationships with the community meaning issues can be dealt with swiftly and effectively. The new 101 non-emergency number will make it easier for residents to get in touch with their local Police Officers. The Crime Prevention Shop in the East Kilbride Shopping Centre do a wonderful job, advising residents of ways in which they can make their homes and communities safer.
“I was also pleased to see Victims and Witnesses Bill pass its first stage in Parliament this week. The Bill will put victims’ interests at the heart of on-going improvements to the justice system setting out rights for victims of crime. The Bill also introduces proposals to make offenders pay towards the cost of supporting victims.
“This week’s figures show Scotland is moving forward as a safer country in which to live, work and raise a family.”