Cops beat criminals

A CRACKDOWN on crime by Strathclyde Police has seen rates of assault and violence plummet across Cumbernauld and Kilsyth over the last year.

That’s according to statistics released by the North Lanarkshire Division this week showing a drop in all types of crime, with the exception of robbery, in the past 12 months.

Acting Chief Inspector Inspector Stevie Hazlett feels that the focus on specific types of crime was the catalyst for the positive statistics.

ACI Hazlett said: “The Chief Constable has made tackling violence and disorder the top priority so the police plans are focused on that.

“We carry out crime pattern analysis and operate on a basis of intelligent effective deployment of resources in known hot spots.

“We use pre-emptive and preventative measures to combat crime and these have helped to bring rates down.”

There have been no murders recorded in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth from the year April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.

Attempted murders have also dropped in the five wards from 10 to eight, a 20 per cent drop in comparison to the previous year.

Crimes of serious assault also fell by over 16 per cent to 87 cases reported and the police focus on stopping assault and violent crime has resulted in a 22 per cent drop in minor assault, with figures falling from 1009 instances last year, to 787 this year.

However, crimes of robbery have increased by 80 per cent from 20 to 36.

This spike was also coupled with a 50 per cent detection rate.

This means that out of the 36 crimes of robbery committed and reported, 18 people were charged.

Despite this, ACI Hazlett claims that crimes against “innocent people”, i.e. members of the public not involved in criminality, are generally dropping and he was pleased with the figures that were released by Chief Superintendent Graham Cairns.

The positive news continued with a reported 20 per cent drop in race related crimes and a whopping 53 per cent drop in homophobic crimes.

However, such massive reductions need to be seen in the context of their comparatively low incidence, as only 13 homophobic crimes were reported last year, a figure which dropped to six this year.

Despite these achievements, Acting Chief Inspector Hazlett stressed there was