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Social media and warm weather affect crime stats

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, the new police commander for the division that includes the Scottish Borders at Hawick Police Station today.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, the new police commander for the division that includes the Scottish Borders at Hawick Police Station today.

The good weather we enjoyed earlier this year along with social media disputes have caused an increase in anti-social behaviour, according to the area’s police commander.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery reported the figures for the first quarter of the year 2014/15 to a meeting of the police, fire and rescue and safer communities board at the Scottish Borders Council’s Newtown St Boswells headquarters on Friday.

The number of incidents rose by almost 10 per cent compared to the same period in 2013/14, rising from 1,304 to 1,431.

Chief Supt Imery said in her report: “The main factors behind this increase relate to social media/communication disputes -up 27 per cent, drinking in public - up 22 per cent, and general noise - up 26 per cent.

“There is little doubt that the prolonged spell of good weather has had an effect on these figures, and this coupled with a continued drop in anti-social behaviour over a five year period play a part in the percentage rise being recorded.”

Chief Supt Imery also reported that the number of common assaults fell by over 17 per cent compared to the same period of the last financial year, which she described as “very positive”.

Between April and the end of June there was decrease in the number of crimes recorded, but also a small drop in the detection rate, from 55.6 per cent to 52.3 per cent.

Chief Supt Imery added: “It is disappointing to note a drop in the detection rate, however we are confident that this will improve as the year progresses.”

 

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