News that crime in Dumfries and Galloway has fallen by 44 per cent since 2007 and 11 per cent in the last year alone has been welcomed.
Figures released by the Scottish government also show that non-sexual crimes of violence have reduced by 14 per cent on last year and 32 per cent since 2006/07, a reduction from 160 to 109. Crimes of dishonesty are down by seven per cent on last year and have fallen by 42 per cent since 2006-07, from 3649 to 2124. The crime of handling offensive weapons is down 30 per cent on last year and 61 per cent since 2006/07 – with a fall from 159 to 62.
MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod said: “I am delighted with these figures which show that overall levels of crime in Dumfries and Galloway continue to fall significantly, making the region an even safer place to live.
“Some of these decreases are now very significant indeed. An overall decrease in recorded crime of 44 per cent since 2007 is a tremendous achievement and a decrease in handling offensive weapons of 61 per cent over the same period is even better.
“Most of all, these figures are testament to the hard work and commitment of our police officers.”