Significant drop in Fife crime rate

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Overall crime in Fife has dropped by a staggering 35 per cent since 2003, according to recently published figures.

The statistics show the total number of offences recorded fell from 35,281 in 2003-04 to 22,931 in 2012-13.

The figures have been welcomed by Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance, who was also pleased to see the numbers published for authorities across Scotland had shown a significant reduction.

Mr Torrance said: “This is great news for Fife as it shows that efforts to tackle crime in the area are really paying off.

“Being able to live in a safe and secure environment is fundamental to our quality of life, and knowing that instances of crime in Fife have fallen dramatically will undoubtedly be welcome news for all its residents.”

Among the figures recorded, instances of fire-raising and vandalism in the Kingdom fell by 62.6 per cent between 2003-4 and 2012-13, while crimes of dishonesty, which include housebreaking, motor vehicle theft and shoplifting, have decreased by 56.5 per cent over the same period.

Crimes of a non sexual nature, including homicide and robbery have also dropped by almost 50 per cent.

The statistics show that crime has fallen in almost every crime group in the region over the past 10 years.

And the crimes are not just showing a drop in the 10 year period, there is also reductions from within the last two years, from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

During the one year, crimes of dishonesty has fallen from 9145 to 7854 - that’s a 14 per cent reduction; while instances of fire-raising and vandalism dropped from 4406 in 2011-12 to 3445 in 2012-13.

Mr Torrance continued: “Not only will this provide peace of mind to Fife’s current residents, but it should prove to entice more people to live and work in Fife, safe in the knowledge that crime here is on the decline and has been for a number of years.

“I am sure the whole community will join me in commending the efforts of our police force.

“Contributing to these remarkable statistics is no doubt the commitment made by the Scottish Government to increase the number of police officers on Scotland’s streets - an additional 1000 of which have been provided since 2007.

“The result is that crime is now at a 39-year low across Scotland, making it one of the safest places to live in the UK.”