Police Scotland have reported that overall crime in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde has dropped by 1.4 per cent over the last year.

The reports are from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015.

Violent crime has dropped by 10.2 per cent whilst detections remain high and crimes of dishonesty – housebreaking, theft and anti-social behaviour have all reduced by 5.9 per cent and 8.7 per cent respectively.

Domestic abuse and sexual crimes remain a top priority for Police Scotland and last year K Division recorded an increase of domestic abuse by 4/% to 3119.

There were less reports of rape and sexual crime in the last year, 65 rapes were reported which is a decrease of 12.2% and a decrease in sexual crime by 26.6%.

All reports are thoroughly investigated with victims being supported and encouraged by Police to report all incidents. The Division’s Domestic Abuse Unit and Divisional Rape Investigation Unit work relentlessly to bring all perpetrators to justice and work closely with both national teams and partner agencies to provide the best possible response to tackling these crimes.

Chief Superintendent Jim Downie, said, “A reduction in overall crime is welcomed as officers in this Division have worked hard alongside our partner agencies on the ground to respond to community needs and tackle crimes that most concern them.

“Violent crime and anti-social behaviour is a real concern for people living and working in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, much of this behaviour is fuelled by drugs and alcohol. To tackle this we continue to work closely with the licence trade, have enhanced town centre policing patrols and work with key partners to deliver early effective intervention with a view to preventing this behaviour in the first instance.

“Regarding drug dealing which is a local priority and damages communities in every way, we rely on information from local people to help us make a positive impact on drug related crime and catch those responsible.

“We also continue to concentrate on road safety and road crime, although road traffic offences have reduced in the last year, we cannot be complacent as there are still far too many road deaths and injuries caused as a direct result of poor driving and failure to comply with legislation. We have a dedicated Divisional Road Policing Team, who along with colleagues, are trying to educate and influence driver behaviour to make our roads safer.

“Finally, we continue to monitor public satisfaction within the Division to ensure it remains high and are eager to engage with communities at every opportunity to deliver the best possible service to meet their needs.

Key figures from the annual management information report include:

  • Violent crime down by 10.2 per cent to 380 (including four murders)
  • Serious assault down by increased by 16.7 per cent to 179
  • Incidents of rape down by 12.2 per cent to 65 whilst domestic abuse has increased by 4 per cent to 3,119
  • Total housebreaking is down by 15.5 per cent to 967 last year
  • Drug crimes (supply, production and possession) have increased by 13.5 per cent to 3,191

For further information, or for breakdowns by Local Authority Area, head to ‘Our Performance – Police Scotland‘.