Crime rates have risen in the county

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Crime rates in Mid Berwickshire have gone up by 18 (to 58) so far this year, East Berwickshire seeing a reduction of nine crimes (down to 57) during the same period.

Across Berwickshire solution rates have increased - 56.9% of crimes in Mid Berwickshire were solved and 61.4% in East Berwickshire.

Police priorities in Berwickshire have been led by public demand - road safety, antisocial behaviour, rural thefts, misuse of drugs and inconsiderate driver behaviour.

Road safety and parking issues are a high priority for Berwickshire residents and Police Scotland have recorded 131 road traffic offences and fixed penalty notices.

In June and July police carried out a number of stop and searches and nine offences were recorded in relation to drugs offences in East Berwickshire and two in Mid Berwickshire.

To tackle anti-social behaviour Police Scotland has been working with the council’s anti-social behaviour unit (ABU), Victim Support Scotland and housing providers such as Berwickshire Housing Association, targeting known hotspots and individuals. Anyone experiencing anti-social behaviour is asked to report it at the time, or if an on-going issue to contact the ABU helpline 0800 028 5711.

Reporting to Berwickshire Area Forum last week, Community Inspector John Scott praised organisers of the summer festivals, saying: “The events take a great deal of organisation both from those that are running them, but also from the police and other agencies.

“I am pleased to say that this year’s events have gone well and that organising committees have engaged with the Scottish Borders Council planning team. This has proved very worthwhile and increased confidence in how our events operate.”