Less crime reported to police

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Although there were 93 fewer reported crimes in the Borders in the nine months to December 31, the police detection rate also fell.

A report to tomorrow’s quarterly meeting of the Scottish Borders Police, Fire and Safer Communities Board at Newtown reveals there were 2,377 crimes, compared to 2,470 in the corresponding period of 2013.

“We will continue our preventative approach throughout the year to ensure this positive trend continues,” said Divisional Commander Gill Imery in her update for the board.

On an overall detection rate which fell by 5.8 per cent to 52 per cent over the same period, she said: “We will aim to improve this as the year progresses.”

The number of common assaults was down from 672 to 554 and hate crimes, involving race, homophobia, religion and disability, fell from 57 to 42.

The number of people detected for supplying drugs went up from 40 to 49, while 20 per cent of all intelligence-led “stop and searches” for drugs produced a positive result, compared to 13.5 per cent in 2013.

There was a small reduction in domestic house break-ins and thefts from motor vehicles were down from 67 to 48. However, anti-social behaviour incidents are on the increase, with 4,025 reported over the nine months – up 112 on 2013.

On road safety, seven people were killed in vehicle accidents over the nine months compared to four in 2013, although the number of those seriously injured was down from 61 to 55.