Board to hear of fewer crimes but less detection

Gill Imery, the new commander Chief Superintendent for Lothian & Borders Police Scotland
Gill Imery, the new commander Chief Superintendent for Lothian & Borders Police Scotland

Although there were 93 fewer reported crimes in the Borders in the nine months to December 31, the police detection rate also fell.

A report to tomorrow’s quarterly meeting of the Scottish Borders Police, Fire and Safer Communities Board at Newtown reveals there were 2,377 crimes, compared to 2,470 in the corresponding period of 2013.

“We will continue our preventative approach throughout the year to ensure this positive trend continues,” says Divisional Commander Gill Imery in her update for the board. On an overall detection rate which fell by 5.8% to 52% over the same period, she comments: “We will aim to improve this as the year progresses.”

The number of common assaults was down 17% from 672 to 554 and hate crimes, involving race, homophobia, religion and disability, fell from 57 to 42.

The number of people detected for supplying drugs went up 22% from 40 to 49, while 20% of all intelligence-led “stop and searches” for drugs produced a positive result, compared to 13.5% in 2013.

There was a small reduction in domestic housebreakings – from 178 to 173 – while thefts from motor vehicles were down 28% from 67 to 48.

The board will hear, however, that antisocial behaviour incidents are on the increase with 4,025 reported over the nine months – up 112 on 2013.

“We will continue to target individuals and locations to reduce instances of antisocial behaviour,” says Chief Superintendent Imery.

On road safety, she notes that seven people were killed in vehicle accidents over the nine months compared to four in 2013, although the number of those seriously injured was down from 61 to 55.