MSP praises police as crime rate falls again

Tricia Marwick
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TRICIA Marwick, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, has praised Levenmouth police after it was revealed crime levels in the area have been reduced.

In a report to councillors of the Levenmouth area committee, Chief Inspector Graeme Kinmond revealed overall crime had fallen from 2724 offences, in the period of April 1, 2010 to January 31, 2011, to 2609 offences, in the corresponding period of April 2011 to January 2012.

CI Kinmond said there had also been a “significant reduction” in instances of violent crime, from 78 incidents to 49, and added detection rates had increased in the same period.

Speaking afterwards, Mrs Marwick said: “Once again, crime has fallen in Levenmouth and this news will be most welcomed by local residents.

“Levenmouth police are committed to making the local area as safe as it possibly can be and this further reduction in crime shows their efforts are continuing to pay off.

“In particular, I am pleased that detection rates have again increased, which means people that are committing crimes are getting caught and have to face the appropriate charges.

“While this further cut in crime is impressive, I know Levenmouth police will not become complacent and will continue to work hard to tackle crime in the area.

“As the MSP for Levenmouth, I will continue to provide what support I can to chief inspector Graeme Kinmond and his officers.”

CI Kinmond’s report was broadly welcomed by all councillors at last Wednesday’s meeting, held in Buckhaven Community Centre.