FIGURES showing a steep decline in recorded crime in East Dunbartonshire since 2007 have been welcomed by East Dunbartonshire’s MSPs.
Nine years after the Scottish National Party entered office, recorded crime in the local authority area has fallen by 46 per cent, and 41 per cent nationwide.
It comes as a National Statistics for Scotland publication by the Scottish Government, Recorded Crime in Scotland 2015/16 was published.
Gil Paterson MSP and Rona Mackay MSP believe this sharp decline over the SNP’s period in office shows the party’s policies on policing are working.
Gil Paterson said: “The policies of the Scottish National Party alongside our hard working police force has created this brilliant decrease in recorded crime.
“It’s important we continue this trend in order to make communities around Milngavie and Bearsden, and indeed the whole of the country, as safe as they possibly can be.
“But make no mistake, 46 per cent in East Dunbartonshire, and 41 per cent across Scotland, is a huge result in such a short amount of time, and I am very proud to be elected on these policies.”
Ms Mackay, Strathkelvin and Bearsden’s MSP, and deputy convener of the justice committee, said: “These are welcome figures that show a steep fall in recorded crime in the period since the SNP entered office in 2007 – and shows that SNP policies, such as having more police officers, have made our communities safer.
“It is excellent to see a decline in recorded crime of 46 per cent across East Dunbartonshire, part of a Scotland-wide picture that shows an overall fall of 41 per cent since 2006/07.
“Having safe communities where everyone feels welcome are vital to creating the Scotland that we all want to see – and these figures show that, under the SNP, we have made significant progress in achieving this goal.”
Changes in total recorded crime between 2006/07 and 2015/16, by local authority area, available here: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00506122.pdf