Communities ‘enormously helpful’ contribution in Moray crime fall

An “enormously helpful’ community in Moray has contributed to a drop in crime according to the latest Police Scotland quarterly performance figures.

The figures for the period from April to September show that housebreaking fell in the region by 21.7% and anti-social behaviour and vandalism also dropped by 14.6%.

Moray Council’s police, fire and rescue services committee were provided with details of the report on Thursday with the commander of the Aberdeenshire and Moray Division of Police Scotland, Chief Inspector Mark McLaren, saying: “The local community and our partners in Moray are enormously helpful in assisting us to yet further prevent and detect crime.

“It is a true partnership effort and I thank everyone involved.”

Ch Insp McLaren added that incidents of violence continued to fall in Moray and reiterated a determination to drive that down further.

However, he added: “Road safety and road crime continues to be a concern with two people killed and 28 seriously injured. Our officers have stopped and spoken to occupants of more than 3000 vehicles across Moray in accordance with our roads policing strategy, Operation Cedar.”

Police also revealed yesterday that five people were caught drink driving throughout the north east – including in Elgin and Dufftown.

That was the result of checks made under Operation Cedar, with road policing inspector Ewan Innes expressing his disappointment that people still gambled with their lives and those of others.

He said: “There is never a safe limit to drink and drive and so we suggest that, if you are driving, you do not consume alcohol.”

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