Crime rates down

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CRIME rates have fallen overall, according to the annual report published by police.

The statistics for 2010-11 were revealed this week, showing a five per cent decrease in the number of offences recorded the previous year.

The number of serious assaults fell across the Strathclyde region — by just over nine per cent — although murder rates leapt up by a staggering 38.6 per cent, which officers are attributing to a particularly low figure last year.

Knife-carrying also appears to have reduced, with the number of people caught falling by 23.3 per cent.

Strathclyde chief constable Stephen House said: “It is our job to keep people safe in our communities.

“The figures released show we are having an impact, but that there is still much more that can be done.

“It was a difficult year financially for our force, but I believe that we have shown that, no matter how difficult the circumstance, we take our role in keeping people safe seriously”.

A breakdown of crime classifications show some of the areas of concern in the Glasgow south and East Renfrewshire division.

The area recorded the highest incidences of cruelty to children – 195 cases out of 963 in Strathclyde, and topping Glasgow central and west with just 100.

There were also 343 people charged with carrying a knife, bringing the area second only to Glasgow north east.

However, the Glasgow south and East Renfrewshire division has carried out a number of successful operations during the year, including the arrests of 14 people supplying class A drugs with an estimated worth of £15,000.

Over the course of the year, the team also seized £1.7 million in cash and assets from those involved in organised crime.

Chief superintendent Andrew Bates, divisional commander, told The Extra: “I’m delighted to say that once again the division has performed incredibly well.

“Crimes of violence are now lower than they have been in the last five years, and the detection rate for those committing violent crime has also improved.

“I believe in the year ahead we can build upon this and with the assistance of our partners and our communities, we can continue to deliver the policing service our communities deserve and expect, keeping the people who work and live in Glasgow south and East Renfrewshire safe”.