Annual police report shows drop in crime

CRIME in the Bellshill area has fallen over the past 12 months, according to a new report from Strathclyde Police.

The newly released North Lanarkshire Division End of Year Performance Report shows a number of reductions on last year in the Bellshill sub-division.

A local public consultation exercise identified drunk or disorderly behaviour, drug dealing and drug use and assault and violent crime as main concerns.

Chief Superintendent Graham Cairns, divisional commander for North Lanarkshire, said that with these concerns in mind, police activity had been directed towards these areas in particular.

The report shows a 33 per cent drop in the number of murders and attempted murders while serious assaults were down by over six per cent and minor assaults fell by more than 18 per cent.

Incidents of street drinking reported to the police have decreased by over 25 per cent and cases of youth disorder fell by more than 48 per cent while crimes involving indecent behaviour have decreased by over 39 per cent.

Domestic abuse crimes were down by over 24 per cent; race related crime dropped by four per cent and homophobic crimes decreased by 80 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Cairns said: “In almost every area of crime reduction, North Lanarkshire has out performed the force. The figures are outstanding and a testament to the efforts of local officers and partners.”

He also said the division would continue its focus on organised crime.

He added: “Unfortunately, organised crime groups operate across the entire country and North Lanarkshire has its fair share of these operating in our communities.

“We will explore every opportunity to disrupt their activities and stop their criminal behaviour.”