At the March meeting of the Community Council, PC Robertson presented the figures for incidents occurring in February in Midlothian, and compared them with a year ago. These showed a very encouraging trend of an increasing percentage of crimes solved in most of the categories.
Violence & Disorder – 82.3% solved, up 14% on last year
Serious assault – 93% solved, up 20%
Robbery – 58% solved, up 13%
Rape – 88.5% solved, up 40%
Acquisitive Crime – down 16.5% (350 less crimes recorded)
Housebreaking down by 26%
Motor vehicle crime down by 19.4%
Fraud up 3.7%
Anti-social behaviour down by 9.5% (513 less incidents)
Vandalism down by 8.1% (59 fewer crimes)
All the police officers who guard our community are to be thanked and congratulated for these excellent results, even more so as they come at a time of significant re-structuring within the force.