Violent crime in Aberdeenshire down over 10%

Serious assaults in Aberdeenshire have fallen 12% and robberies by 35% since the merger of Scottish police forces into Police Scotland, new figures show.

But thefts from vehicles have risen by 33% in the same nine-month period.

The figures have been presented to Aberdeenshire Council for the period from April to December 2013 and also show common assaults down by 8% and vandalism down by nearly 10%.

Figures show that detections for road traffic offences have increased, with speeding offences rising 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 has also launched a national campaign, Operation RAC, to target offenders and reduce break-ins.

‘‘Thefts from unsecured properties, including vehicles, is also a challenge for us that we continue to tackle.

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

‘‘We rely on the support we receive from the public and I want to encourage people to report suspicious behaviour to us and any other concerns so that we can take action.”