Concern over sex crimes

A fall in overall crime levels in Dumfries and Galloway has been welcomed, but local politicians have said they are “seriously concerned” about a 52% increase in the number of sexual offences in the region.

The official crime statistics were published on Tuesday and show that total crimes in Dumfries and Galloway fell 11% between 2010/11 and 2011/12. However, the number of sexual offences increased by 52% compared to the previous year, with 150 sexual offences being recorded by the police in 2011/12.

Commenting on the statistics, Labour’s police and fire spokesman, Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, said: “I welcome the fall in overall crime levels. It is a testament to the dedication of both local police officers and support staff, who work tirelessly to keep local people safe.

“However, I am seriously concerned about the 52% increase in sexual offences. This is the largest increase in Scotland and we need to understand why that is the case and what action is required to bring that figure down.”