Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, has welcomed new figures that show crime in the islands has dropped by a staggering 60 per cent since 2007.
The statistics show that 444 crimes were recorded by Police Scotland for 2014-15 in the Western Isles.
This is down from 478 the previous year, and represents a massive 60 per cent reduction to the 1,125 crimes recorded in 2006-07.
The Western Isles currently has the second lowest rate of crime nationwide.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan said: “This is fantastic news for everyone in the Western Isles.
“Recorded crime has been steadily dropping over the past eight years and we are now seeing the lowest levels of crime for a generation.
“With the islands having the second lowest rate of recorded crime in Scotland, this cements our reputation as one of the safest places in the country and one of the best to bring up children in.
“These figures are a testament to the incredible work our dedicated police officers do to keep our communities safe.
Approach to crime
“The SNP Government’s approach to crime is paying off and we are seeing the benefits of the 1,000 extra police officers that have been recruited since 2007.
“This is in stark contrast to the rest of the UK where, in the same period of time, they have seen the loss of 15,000 police officers.
“Having more officers on the beat is a crucial factor in preventing crime and making people feel safer in their communities.
“It is worth noting that we would not have had a single one of these 1,000 extra officers had the Labour party been returned to office.
“I have no qualms in supporting the additional officers, whose contribution to reducing crime in our communities cannot now be disputed.”