Angus crime rates down

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Police Officers were praised by top brass for their hard work following the release of management information detailing decreased crime rates across the country.

Tayside Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith said: “We are focused on listening to people in our communities about what matters to them most and our policing priorities reflect this.

“Our officers and staff, with the support of colleagues from around the country, are dedicated to keeping people safe and ensuring that each town and village in Tayside are places where people can live, work and relax without fear of being a victim of crime.”

Angus has a detection rate of 93.1 per cent for violent crimes and overall in Tayside, violent crime has decreased by 1.4% per cent.

“We have placed a strong focus on reducing alcohol related violence and as part of this officers frequently visit licensed premises to ensure that they are adhering to licensing conditions.

“Officers in Tayside are regularly tasked in Campaign Against Violence and Centresafe operations which enables experienced officers to tackle violent disorder and anti social behaviour in our communities and help keep people safe, feel secure and confident.

Domestic abuse task-force teams co-ordinate national efforts and support local investigation teams. In Tayside detection rates for this type of crime are 80.3 per cent and the Divisional Commander for Tayside is keen to encourage victims to come forward and report incidents to police.

Mr Smith said: “We want victims of sexual assault, rape or domestic abuse to report it to us. Officers investigating these crimes are specially trained to deal with these particular circumstances and dedicated to seeking justice for the victims and finding those responsible.