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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP


North Ayrshire saw a 4% fall in the number of recorded crimes last year.

There were 6,985 crimes recorded in 2022, 270 fewer than in 2021 and 985 fewer than in 2020.

Crimes of drugs supply plummeted by 32% compared to 2021 and sexual assaults fell by 24% across North Ayrshire.

Nationally, Scotland saw a 2% fall in crime last year – to one of the lowest levels since comparable records began, in 1974.

The overall number of crimes recorded remains lower than before the pandemic, reflecting the long-term trend of fewer victims and people feeling safer in communities. This is highlighted in annual Scottish Crime and Justice surveys that include incidents not reported to police, as well as those which are.

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“These historically low levels of crime are testimony to the continued hard work by policing, justice and community safety partners to deliver a safer North Ayrshire.

“Of course, crime still remains a concern for many in North Ayrshire and across Scotland and the SNP Government recognise that there is still work to be done. That’s why Scottish Ministers have taken robust action to tackle issues such as sex offences and invested £93 million over the past five years to ensure that victims' rights and needs are at the centre of Scotland’s criminal justice system.

“From conversations with constituents I’m also aware of the particular harm caused by cyber-crime and fraud and the SNP Government supports the ongoing efforts of Police Scotland and partners in tackling this scourge.”

The figures can be accessed here


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