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Sharp Fall In Weapons Offences Since 2007

 

SNP Knife Crime Approach Working In Renfrewshire

 

Cases of handling of offensive weapons across Renfrewshire have fallen sharply since the SNP came to power in 2007, latest figures have revealed – proving that the SNP’s approach to crime and justice in the community is working.

 

In 2007/08, there was 19 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in Renfrewshire – which has fallen sharply to 7 by 2016/17, a drop of 63%.

 

The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland” – and are a further indication that SNP efforts to tackle issues such as knife crime have worked.

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to issues such as knife crime is paying dividends for our communities across Paisley and Renfrewshire.

 

“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the number of weapons offences across Renfrewshire – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely.

 

“Given this sharp drop in weapons offences – 63% since 2007, contrasting sharply with the trend south of the border – it is no wonder that the Tory UK government are looking to Scotland for answers on how to tackle crime, acknowledging that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.

 

“The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.”

 

Sharp Fall In Vandalism Over Last Decade

SNP Tackling Crime In Renfrewshire

Cases of vandalism across Renfrewshire have fallen sharply since the SNP came to power in 2007, latest figures have revealed – proving that the SNP’s approach to crime and justice in the community is working.

 

In 2007/08, there was 199 instances of vandalism per 10,000 of the population in Renfrewshire – which has fallen sharply to 86 by 2016/17, a drop of 57%.

 

The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland”.

 

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

“This is welcome news – and proves that the SNP’s approach to justice is paying dividends for our communities across Renfrewshire.

 

“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the rate of vandalism across Renfrewshire – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely, without damage to property.

 

“Given this sharp drop in cases of vandalism – 57% since 2007 – it is no wonder that the Tory UK government are looking to Scotland for answers on how to tackle crime, acknowledging that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.

 

“The SNP has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.”

Scottish Budget Stage 3

SNP Budget Will Give Scots Best Deal In UK

 

Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers And Lower Taxes For 70% Of Scots

 

The Scottish Government’s budget protects low and middle income earners and delivers for public services and public sector workers, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said as Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill is laid before the Scottish Parliament.

 

The budget delivers progressive reforms to Scotland’s income tax system, with modest increases on higher earners, while 70% of taxpayers will pay less than they did last year and 55% will pay less than the rest of the UK. Opinion polling found that Scots back the SNP’s tax plans by 2 to 1.

 

The Budget will also deliver an additional £400 million for the NHS, an expansion in childcare, more spending on broadband, extra funding for our police and fire services, and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“This is a budget for a stronger economy and a fairer society – with increased funding for the NHS and protection for low and middle income earners.

 

“The Scottish Government is delivering lower income tax for 70% of Scots, with every worker earning less than £33,000 paying less in tax next year – while protecting public services across Paisley that we all hold dear.

 

“This budget brings an additional £400 million to NHS Scotland, delivers a pay rise for public sector workers, £756 million for affordable homes, additional funding for the arts and culture sector, a £4 billion investment in infrastructure, including in superfast broadband, as well as significant investments in research, education and childcare.

 

“In the face of massive Westminster cuts, ongoing Tory austerity and a damaging hard Brexit – this budget provides investment to seize the opportunities of tomorrow.”

George Welcomes 41 Year Crime Low

Most adults experienced no crime in 2014/15 and both the overall number of crimes and the risk of being a victim of crime have continued the decreasing trend seen in recent years.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician this week released the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) 2014-15: Main Findings. The figures show that the estimated number of crimes in 2014/15 (688,000) has fallen by around a sixth (16 per cent) since the 815,000 crimes estimated in 2012/13, and, by around a third (34 per cent) since the 1,045,000 crimes estimated in 2008/09.George

Welcoming these figure, Paisley’s MSP George Adam commented, “9 out of 10 Scots are happy with local policing, new statistics show, with 89% agreeing that police were doing a good job in their area. I am not complacent to think that crime is not an issue, but it is very positive to read that the amount of recorded crime in Scotland continues to fall and is at a 41 year low.

‘It is also very encouraging to see that so many Scots are happy with local policing. Not only does this show that people feel our officers are doing a good job, but is a welcome statement to our officers that they are valued by the communities they serve. I regularly engage with our local police force and I am proud of the job serving our town.

“This reduction in crime levels is supported by our promise to deliver 1,000 more officers, than in 2007 – a commitment we remain dedicated to and continue to deliver upon. This approach is clearly paying off, with confidence in local policing strong and fear of crime falling.

“If re-elected the SNP are committed to protecting the police budget in real terms, ensuring that our police officers can get on with the job of making Scotland safer.”

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George Hails Continued Commitment to Poilce Officer Numbers

The number of additional police officers in Scotland is being maintained at more than 1,000 compared to 2007, figures have revealed today. The latest quarterly strength statistics show that there were 17,261 police officers on September 30 2015, an increase of 6.3% per cent or 1,027 officers since March 31, 2007.George in Paisley Town Centre

Commenting on the publication, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:

Recorded crime is at a 41 year low, with violent crime down 55 per cent since 2006-07 and this Government’s commitment to maintain police officer numbers above 17,234 has been met in every quarter of this administration.

“I maintain regular contact with officers serving Paisley and continue to be impressed by their commitment to keeping our streets safe. It is testament to their hard work and dedication that crime is at a 41 year low which highlights the quality of the our police service. Maintaining numbers is one things, but the quality has to be there as well, and the combination of both is keeping our communities as safe as they have been in 4 decades.

“These strong statistics are backed by over 1,000 extra police officers that this Government has delivered since 2007 and are testament to the hard work of all officers and support staff within Police Scotland in ensuring communities across Scotland are safer.

“Police officer numbers continue to exceed targets and demonstrates that, through working in partnership with Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, we continue to exceed the commitment we gave to the people of Scotland to deliver 1,000 additional officers.

“By contrast, police numbers in England and Wales have already fallen by over 15,000 since 2007 to their lowest level since 2001, and, according to HMIC, are expected to drop by a further 7,400 by March 2018.”

Massive Crime Reduction

George outside Paisley AbbeyA study and analysis of 12,000 individuals across Scotland has revealed that people are feeling safer in their communities and more importantly the likelihood of being a victim of crime has decreased.

 

The latest Scottish Crime and Justice Survey has been released and revealed:

• Crime continues to fall, dropping by 22 per cent since 2008-09

• The risk of being a victim of a crime has fallen from 20.4 per cent in 2008/09 to 16.9 per cent in 2012/13

• The risk of crime is lower in Scotland (16.9 per cent) than in England and Wales where the victimisation rate was 18.7 per cent in 2012-13

• Violent crime is on a long-term downward trend, falling by 25 per cent since 2008-09

• Three quarters of adults (76 per cent) perceived the crime rate in their local area to have stayed the same or reduced in the past two years compared to 69 per cent in 2008-09.

• Fear of crime is decreasing – 72 per cent of those surveyed felt safe walking alone in their local area after dark in 2012-13, an increase from 66 per cent in 2008-09

• However people continue to believe the likelihood of being a victim of crime is higher than the reality – in most cases the perceived risk is two or three times higher than actual risk and for some crimes such as mugging or car theft the perceived risk was 20 times higher.

• Confidence in the police is increasing – 73 per cent of people were very or fairly confident in the police to investigate incidents and 61 per cent thought the police were doing a good or excellent job in their local area

• Confidence in the justice system continues to improve with all comparable measures increasing between 2008-09 and 2012-13

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

‘We continue to hear about crime being at its lowest for almost forty years but it is only with detailed analysis that this can be proven.

 

‘Crime falling by 22% since 2009 is quite a staggering figure with the 1000 extra bobbies on the beat playing their part.

 

‘In these days with rolling 24 hour news being filled with every bit of information that can be found can play its part in the perception of law and order.  These figures show that even the perception of being at the wrong end of crime has dramatically fallen too.

 

‘We must never be complacent.  We must all play our part as citizens to ensure that law and order prevails but we should appreciate everyone’s efforts, including the police, which has produced the results of this study,’

 

 

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Overall-crime-trend-continues-to-fall-a22.aspx

 

Crime at 39 Year Low

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Recorded crime is now at a 39 year low recent figures have revealed. These figures reveal that the last time that crime was this low Richard Nixon was President, Kojak was one of the top TV series and the Bay City Rollers were in the charts.

 

 Speaking on the figures Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

 

 ‘It was thought a few years ago that it would be difficult to reduce crime any further. These figures show how seriously crime is taken by the government.

 

 ‘In 2007 the SNP was elected with a pledge of 1000 extra police on the beat. It is no coincidence that crime has continued to fall since then. This increase not only gives peace of mind, it is a valuable presence which deters crime.

 

 ‘The SNP were the only party to make this proposal. The Labour party said it would take 13 years to implement. Well thank goodness we have an SNP government if that is Labour’s work rate, or were they just making claims that were less than accurate?

 

 ‘I’m sure that everyone will agree with me in congratulating our police service in this record reduction in crime and I’m sure all of us will help them in continuing this crime breaking trend.’

 

Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

 

‘Today’s statistics show that Scotland’s communities are becoming safer places to live, with recorded crime falling for the sixth year in a row to its lowest level for 39 years.

 

‘We are continuing to work tirelessly to reduce knife crime and violence in Scotland, and believe education and prevention are key to tackling the root causes of violence. That’s why we are investing in the No Knives, Better Lives initiative – now in 11 areas across Scotland – and why we work with other key partners like the Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence. Together, we are working hard to change attitudes to violence and knife crime – making it clear that it is never acceptable.

 

‘We are also taking a robust approach to enforcement –sentences for carrying a knife in Scotland are the toughest in the UK and our prosecutors are taking a zero tolerance approach. Today’s figures show these united efforts to tackle knife crime are beginning to pay off, but there will be no complacency.

 

‘While today’s overall statistics are encouraging, it is concerning to see that the number of sexual offences recorded by police have increased by five per cent. This may be down to increased reporting but the public should be assured that the Scottish Government, police and prosecutors take the investigation and prosecution of these traumatic crimes extremely seriously and are taking action to address them.

 
‘At a Government level, we have strengthened the law around sex crimes by bringing in the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. We are also giving £3.6 million funding to support victims of rape from 2012-15. Just yesterday, I met with the Rape and Sexual Crime External Advisory Group which now operates across Police Scotland and works closely with police officers to help inform and improve rape investigations. Meanwhile, the Scottish Police Service has launched a new National Rape Taskforce to further improve the investigation of rape and other sexual crimes right across the country.’

Paisley Benefits from Increased Police Numbers

George outside Paisley Town HallPaisley is benefitting from the increase in police numbers from figures that have just been released. Police numbers in Strathclyde have increased by 7.5% since 2007, the region which Paisley draws its police officers. This means that there are now 585 more police officers in Strathclyde compared with 2007.

Speaking on the statistics, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam stated:

 ‘The safety of our communities is a priority and these figures reveal why there is a 37 year low on crime. Reducing and preventing crime protects our communities and stamps out the damage and costs associated with crime.

‘We must always push to do more. Good work has been done over the past few years but we all know that crime has not disappeared.

‘Record lows on crime, increased police numbers and the great work our officers do are only part of the picture. We all must do our part to keep crime low, whether it is to ensure our homes are as secure as possible or reporting suspicious events when we witness them.

‘The great thing about being Paisley’s MSP is that we still have a sense of community that has been removed from many large towns. These are not my words, these are the words of a well-known radio personality that recognises our Buddie mentality.

‘I welcome the increased police on our streets and I know that all Buddies will do their best to reach even better record lows on crime.’

 

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GEORGE WELCOMES FALL IN VIOLENT CRIME IN STRATHCLYDE

RECORD POLICE NUMBERS HELPING TO DELIVER FOR COMMUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND

George AdamWelcoming the publication of Strathclyde Police’s Annual Report 2011/12, showing a sharp drop in violent crime across the region, SNP MSP for Paisley George Adam, said:

“These figures are testament to the hard work of police officers across Strathclyde, and to the SNP Government who has helped deliver record police numbers in Strathclyde and across Scotland.

“Just this week it was revealed that there are almost five hundred more police in Strathclyde than when the SNP took office – this is real progress and is delivering real results.

“Serious assaults are down from 3,028 to 2,530 and cases of robbery and assault with intent to rob fell from 1,488 to 1,246.

“Recorded crime across Scotland is at a 35-year low, fear of crime is down, and the risk of being a victim of crime in Scotland is falling and is lower than in England and Wales.

“Contrast this with the bleak picture south of the border, where 16000 police jobs are being cut and the Home Secretary was slow handclapped at the Police Federation Conference.

“There is no room for complacency but the huge effort made by police across Strathclyde is paying off.”

Notes: Link to Strathclyde Police’s annual report statistical bulletin http://www.strathclyde.police.uk/assets/pdf/22863/annual_report_statistical_supplement_2011-12.pdf