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East Division Commander praises work of officers as new figures show 7.7% reduction in crime in Inverness

Issued: 9 Sep 2010

Superintendent Ian Arnott said he wanted to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of his officers after new figures revealed a 7.7% reduction in crime in the Inverness area.

The latest figures mean that there were 213 fewer victims of crime in the Inverness Command Area between April and August 2010 compared to the same period last year.

And elsewhere in East Division Badenoch, Strathspey and Nairn saw a 27% reduction in crime for the same period. Theses figures represent an 11.1% reduction in crime across East Division, which takes in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

Divisional Commander Superintendent Ian Arnott said: "We are pleased at the reduction in crime across the Division and the public should be reassured that there have been significantly fewer victims of crime.

"These figures are not possible without the hard work and dedication of the officers across the Division and I would like to record my personal thanks to them for their efforts.

"I would also like to thank the public for their continued support. Information is the lifeblood of Policing and I would encourage people to continue to come forward in order to help us improve the wellbeing of our communities."

He added: "We are also committed to carrying out regular operations to detect and disrupt crime across the Division, particularly those involved in drugs, dishonesty and any form of anti-social behaviour.

"Anyone who has information relating to such crime is urged to contact us or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111."

The figures released by the Scottish Government earlier this week showed that recorded crime across the Northern Constabulary force area fell by 12% between 2008/09 and 2009/10.

Crimes of indecency fell by 25% and there was a 29% reduction in crimes of drunkenness.

Head of Operations at Northern Constabulary, Chief Superintendent Bruce Duncan said: "The Force is pleased that recorded crime continues to fall across the Northern Constabulary force area. The public should be reassured that there have been significantly fewer victims of crime compared to the previous year.

"However, we will not become complacent and will continue our high visibility approach to community Policing to ensure the Highlands and Islands remain among the safest places to live and work in the UK.

"One particularly pleasing aspect of the statistics is the 25% reduction in crimes of indecency and the fact that the detection rate for such crime is the highest it has been since 2004/04 at 84%.

"Also worthy of note is the 29% reduction in offences relating to public drunkenness, which had actually risen by 12% the previous year. Our detection rate, which is 62% for all crimes, is still one of the highest in the UK."

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