Violent crime down in Kirkcaldy, but shoplifting goes up

Police welcomed drop in crime in Kirkcaldy
Police welcomed drop in crime in Kirkcaldy

Recorded crime in Kirkcaldy has continued to fall with detection rates on the rise, according to the latest police report.

Figures showed there have been no murders recorded in the town and only four attempted murders noted between April and December 2014 - and they involved people who were known to one another and happened in private properties.

The information was given to Kirkcaldy area committee by chief inspector Nicola Shepherd.

She described the report as ‘very positive’ as it showed a decline in most crime.

Violent crime was down 30.7 per cent, while the number of serious assaults fell 24 per cent with the detection rate increasing by 12 per cent.

Robberies were down by 29.4 per cent with the detection rate up 11.8 per cent.

Housebreaking went down 24.4 per cent and crimes of vandalism by 20.9 per cent, but there was a 9.1 per cent increase in shoplifting with the detection rate also falling 0.9 per cent.

Stop and searches were up - 25.1 per cent showed positive results, with items such as a knife, a knuckleduster and cannabis resin found.

Councillor Neil Crooks, committee chairman, highlighted that in Levenmouth and Dunfermline cameras had been installed inside taxis and said he would like to see this replicated in Kirkcaldy.

The call was welcomed by the chief inspector.