Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed news of a staggering 43% reduction in recorded crime in the Western Isles since the SNP came to office in 2007.
Dr Allan commented: “The Scottish Government has taken tackling crime in the Highands and Islands seriously, with Northern Constabulary receiving an additional 78 police officers as part of the 1,190 extra officers that have now been recruited nationally.
“This is now paying off thanks to the hard work done by the police and public alike. According to the most recent figures, it is clear that recorded crime in the Western Isles has reduced by 43% between 2006-7 and 2009-10. In 2006-7 there were 1,125 recorded crimes in the islands, a figure which had fallen to 625 in 2009-10.
“Nobody is complacent about crime, and the need to tackle it. However these figures are immensely encouraging, and a credit to our police and wider community.”