High crime detection rates in islands

CRIME detection rates in the Western Isles are higher than anywhere else in the Northern Constabulary area.

Detection rates for the Western Isles Command are an outstanding 70 per cent across classes 1 to 5 although there has been an increase in reported crime by 17 per cent.

Across the Highlands and Islands there has been a general decrease across the area of 5.8 per cent against the previous year (classes 1-5).

The detection rate for classes 1 to 5 stands at almost 62 per cent, with 93.2 per cent of serious crimes against the person detected. Overall detection rates remain high at 83.4 per cent over all classes of crime.

Crimes in Lochaber fell by four per cent for the period, with detection rates up from 57.7 to 60.2 per cent.

Divisional Commander Superintendent John McDonald said: “These are excellent results for the Division and demonstrate the results of hard effort. Police do not work in isolation however and I want to express my thanks for the support and information we receive from our communities. We need to continue to work together to keep our communities safe from crime.”

Chief Constable George Graham praised Northern Constabulary’s officers and staff for the excellent performance results. He said: “The commendable results across the Force area are down to the continued dedication and commitment of our officers and staff and the support of our communities and partners. These results show that excellent police work has continued to drive crime down and maintain the highest detection rates in the UK against a backdrop of an extremely challenging and uncertain financial climate. This is clearly one of the highest performing forces in the UK and my aim is to keep it that way.”