FIGURES showing a steep decline in recorded crime in East Dunbartonshire since 2007 have been welcomed by Rona Mackay MSP.
Nine years after the Scottish National Party entered office, recorded crime in the local authority area has fallen by 46 per cent, and 41 per cent nationwide.
It comes as a National Statistics for Scotland publication by the Scottish Government, Recorded Crime in Scotland 2015/16 was published on Tuesday, September 27.
The Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP believes this sharp decline over the SNP’s period in office shows the party’s policies on policing are working.
Recorded crime in Scotland
Ms Mackay said: “These are welcome figures that show a steep fall in recorded crime in the period since the SNP entered office in 2007 – and shows that SNP policies, such as having more police officers, have made our communities safer.
“It is excellent to see a decline in recorded crime of 46 per cent across East Dunbartonshire, part of a Scotland-wide picture that shows an overall fall of 41 per cent since 2006/07.
“Having safe communities where everyone feels welcome are vital to creating the Scotland that we all want to see – and these figures show that, under the SNP, we have made significant progress in achieving this goal.”
Crime statistics chart showing local authority areas
Changes in total recorded crime between 2006/07 and 2015/16, by local authority area, available here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00506122.pdf