Saturday May 30th 2020
Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp
Housebreaking fell by just over 40 per cent in Midlothian with break-ins to other premises down by over a quarter, according to the latest figures.
Police reported an increase on serious assaults in Midlothian in their annual report on incidents from April 2019 to March 2020.
It said there were ten serious assaults reported – up 27 per cent on the previous year with all.
All ten linked to alcohol and licensed premises.
The Midlothian Community Action Teams (M-CAT) is focussing on the link between violence and alcohol and licensed premise working to reducing antisocial behaviour.
Police said the work by M-CAT and specialist resources has increased the detection rate for serious assaults to 95.7%
Chief Inspector Arron Clinkscales, Local Area Commander for Midlothian said “I am pleased to report that there has been a considerable reduction in domestic housebreaking crime’s in Midlothian, which has fallen 40.6%, however my teams continue to prioritise this crime type as it has been identified as one of the key areas people in Midlothian would like the police to focus on.
“The instances of serious assault has increased but through close partnership working with licensed premises and identifying problematic locations, this has allowed police patrols to concentrate in these areas which has seen a reduction in crimes of violence.”Tweet Share on Facebook