Indecent & Sexual Assaults Down Across Dumfries & Galloway

Indecent and sexual assaults are down across Dumfries and Galloway as the area continues to respond to the ongoing pandemic.

Total drugs crimes have also decreased with a recorded drop in possession of drugs from 885 to 770 against the same reporting period last year.

Speeding, careless driving and drink and drugs driving are also down and there have been seventy six fewer incidents of vandalism and malicious mischief.

Recorded incidents of offensive and bladed weapons are up by 64 from 112 to 176 and fraud remains a national threat with 72 more incidents recorded in the local area alone, according to data published by Police Scotland.

Chief Superintendent Carol McGuire, commander of Dumfries and Galloway Division said: “Protecting vulnerable people remains one of our priorities and invaluable work is under way within our local safeguarding hub to help us achieve that.
“The drop in indecent and sexual assaults is an encouraging picture with recorded incidents down from 138 to 115 against the same period last year.
“Likewise with drugs-related crimes which we will continue to work with our partners on a public health-led approach to ridding them from our communities.
“Dumfries and Galloway accommodates stretches of roads which can be tempting for people to break the law and so these latest figures are a welcome reminder of the investment we have made in making our roads safer for law-abiding users.
“Weapons carrying is a priority and we will continue to use every means at our disposal to remove them from our streets.
“The pandemic is undoubtedly still steering local policing demand and officers have been putting themselves in harm’s way to keep the people of Dumfries and Galloway safe. Officers will remain visible and accessible and I would encourage everyone in our communities to keep talking to us and reporting your concerns.”
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “Officers and staff continue to play a key role in the national effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, while they face the same personal and professional challenges as their fellow citizens.
“The public health crisis continues to influence the needs of our communities, however it may be years before we fully understand the impact of coronavirus on crime and policing demand in Scotland.”

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