Moray crime figures plummet by more than a third
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MORAY MP Douglas Ross has praised the work of local police after figures showed crime rates have dropped 35 per cent in the last decade.
Statistics published by National Records of Scotland showed a steep decline in offences such as house-breaking and car thefts.
The total number of crimes recorded across Moray fell from 4065 in 2010/11 to 2651 in 2019/20.
Rates of housebreaking were down from 324 in 107 and motor vehicle thefts dropped from 86 to 33 between 2010/11 and 2019/20.
The number of sexual crimes reported was up by 47 per cent over the same period, however.
News of the fall in Moray crime rates was welcomed by the region's MP, Douglas Ross.
He said: “Our teams of police officers across Moray deserve huge credit for these reductions in crime rates.
“These statistics suggest there has been a significant drop in offences such as house-breaking and car theft.
“That means our communities and streets in Moray are safer thanks to the efforts of local police officers and staff.Their resources are sometimes stretched and they face increasing demands but it’s clear that our local teams in Moray are keeping our communities safe and with relatively low levels of crime.
“The increase in sexual crimes may be due to more people coming forward and actually reporting incidents than 10 years ago which is to be welcomed but we need to ensure justice for the victims in awful cases.
“There will likely also be a drop in recorded crimes during the Covid-19 lockdown period from March this year – but according the National Records of Scotland has said that has not yet been factored into these figures.”
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