Focus on disorder makes Midlothian safer

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Measures by police in Midlothian to reduce the number of antisocial behaviour incidents are paying dividends, according to new statistics.

In the first year of Police Scotland, local officers have witnessed a 7.4 per cent drop in reports of antisocial behaviour.

The number of incidents fell from 6132 (April 1, 2012 to March 16, 2013) to 5678 (2013/14).

Updating Midlothian Council’s safer communities board, county commander Chief Inspector Jim Royan said in his report: “These significant results have only been achieved through the strong ethos of co-operation and partnership working within Midlothian.”

Violent crime has reduced in the county with an improved detection rate at 88.1 per cent.

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