More than 18,000 crimes were recorded in Fife last year, according to the latest statistics.
Scotland’s chief statistician revealed the figures in the ‘Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2010-11’ report which was published on Tuesday.
The report contains statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by Scottish police forces in 2010-11.
The figures for the Kingdom showed a total of 18,668 crimes and 25,419 offences were recorded during the period.
There was an 11 per cent reduction in recorded crimes in Fife, a decrease which sees recorded crime in the region at its lowest levels since the records began 15 years ago and obtaining the largest drop among any of Scotland’s police forces.
According to the report, for 2010-11 Fife had the third lowest number of recorded crimes per 10,000 population across the Scottish forces.
Norma Graham, chief constable, told the Press: “The 11 per cent reduction in recorded crime means that there were 2277 fewer victims of crime in Fife in the past year.
“Community policing is the future for Scottish policing. By working closely with our community, the Force has transformed how we deliver policing in Fife.
“Fife Constabulary is determined to build on this year’s successes and work with communities to deliver the highest quality policing service, a service which is delivered locally and clearly valued.”
Across Scotland’s eight forces, a total of 323,060 crimes were recorded, four per cent less than the previous year.
The number of offences recorded was 530,436.
Of the crimes recorded in Fife, almost half of them - 9229 - were crimes of dishonesty.
Fire-raising and vandalism crimes during the period totalled 5199, compared to 6488 the previous year.
There were 37 per cent fewer offences recorded in the Kingdom last year than in 2009-10.
More than 15,000 of the 25,419 recorded offences related to motor vehicles, including offences such as dangerous and careless driving, drunk driving and speeding.