Three men charged with 23 crimes in Eaglesham - all thanks to forensic evidence

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Forensic evidence helped police charge three men with 23 crimes following a series of house break-ins in Eaglesham.

Officers initially arrested one man after reports of a break-in at a property in December.

An air support unit, dog branch and roads policing team then tracked two men in a stolen vehicle, arresting them in Glasgow city centre.

The forensic evidence captured at the scene led to the men being charged.

Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, divisional commander of Greater Glasgow Division, revealed information about the incident in an update to council chiefs.

He said: “There continues to be a reduction in the number of victims of domestic housebreaking against last year’s figures and the five year average. The detection rate has improved over the last quarter and is now more in line with the national average.

“Detecting those responsible for housebreaking can at times be difficult and protracted however, with the skills of the attending officers in preserving the scene, capturing forensic evidence and support from our specialist teams has improved the ability to detect those responsible for these crimes.”

Break-ins across the area were down from 92 in April to December 2017 to 74 in the same period last year.

Mr McInulty also reported an almost 20 per cent decrease in incidents of anti-social behaviour compared to the year before.

He said: “We continue to deploy resources to ‘hot spot’ areas and have seen the trend reducing however, we still encourage the Community to report this type of behaviour.”

His performance report said incidents of violent crime had dropped from 394 to 305 for the same April to December period.

However, serious assault cases rose from 18 to 25. Domestic abuse detection also dropped.

The Chief Superintendent said: “We remain focused on dealing quickly and effectively with incidents of domestic abuse and compared to the same period last year, the number of domestic abuse crimes has reduced which is a welcomed trend however, there has also been a slight reduction in detection rates.

“The reduction in domestic abuse crimes is good news however, we continue to work with our partners in education, social work, health and the third sector to encourage the reporting of incidents to ensure we provide support and protection to those who need it.”

Several arrest were also made after a variety of controlled drugs were seized in the third quarter of 2018.

Officers executed several search warrants at addresses in the Barrhead area, with quantities of heroin and cocaine seized.

They also stopped three vehicles while on routine patrols, recovering cannabis.

Mr McInulty said: “This proactivity has resulted in a 40 per cent increase in the number of people being detected for the supply of controlled drugs compared to the same period last year.”