Argyll and West Dunbartonshire crime statistics released

There have been thousands fewer reports of antisocial behavior in the past year compared to the same period a year earlier, according to new police statistics.

Police Scotland said the number of reported incidents fell by a quarter, from 13,354 to 9,856 in 2021/22.

But violent crime is on the rise, with attempted murders rising by seven to 13 and serious assaults rising by 95 to 121 in the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire police area.

Domestic violence incidents increased slightly, by 1%, to more than 2,100 incidents in three months. But less than half of them were recorded as crimes.

There were 300 other common assaults, according to figures released on June 2.

Threats and crimes of extortion more than doubled from 13 to 38.

Robberies and assaults with intent to steal fell from 37 to 26 in one year.

And although the cruel and unnatural treatment of children has decreased slightly, 27 crimes have still been reported in the region.

And only 78% of these crimes were “detected”, or the person responsible was identified.

Of the 121 serious assaults, 89 were detected.

The sex crime figures are much worse. The detection rate for rape and attempted rape was only 46%. For obscene and libidinous practices, it was only 41%.

Possession or distribution of indecent images of children had a detection rate of 100%, up from 70% the previous year.

But only 63% of crimes for indecent communication were detected.

In total, sex crimes increased by 30, from 435 to 465, and dishonesty crimes increased by almost 200 between the fourth quarter of 2020/21 and 2021/22.

In other figures, burglaries were down but had a detection rate of just 22% for the 229 crimes.

Shoplifting went from 405 to 533 crimes, but the detection rate was 41%.

Fraud crimes are also up to 428, but the rate of finding someone responsible was only 13%.

Fire starts have decreased, but just over a quarter have been detected.

Crimes such as carrying offensive weapons, drug supply and drug possession were all down. The total number of drug-related crimes rose from 1,559 to 985.

Driving offenses were broadly the same as a year earlier, but the number of victims – minor, serious and fatal – was up from 139 to 180 in total.

Chief Superintendent of Divisional Commander Lynn Ratcliff said: “The past year has been an exceptional one for policing as the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt and impact crime within our local communities. .

“However, the reduction in overall crime in Argyll and West Dunbartonshire is to be welcomed.

“We are committed to continuing our engagement within our local communities and to listening and acting on what people tell us matters most to them.

“People told us that antisocial behavior had a significant impact on their sense of safety and quality of life. We have listened and conducted a number of operations over the past few months targeting this issue, and this action is reflected in the latest data.

“We will continue to target anti-social behavior as we enter the summer months. People’s engagement with us and their feedback is essential to developing our local policing plans and continuing to build public confidence in the service we provide.

“We will also continue to focus our efforts on reducing violent and sexual crimes across the division, the increase in reporting can be an indicator of people’s confidence in reporting these offenses to the police. We will act and investigate all reports we receive to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“People tell us that we provide a consistent service and have welcomed increased visibility and presence in areas where it is needed. I would like to encourage the public to continue to engage with us and help us provide the service they want. »