Solvency rates at all-time low

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Crime solvency rates in the Teviot and Liddesdale area have dropped almost 25 per cent compared to figures for the same period last year.

And the figures were described by former top cop Councillor McAteer as being an all-time low for the
Borders.

Speaking this week, Mr McAteer said: “It remains a concern that the solvency rate for crime in our area continues on a downward spiral.

“I accept that serious crimes are being solved but it is important that appropriate investigation is completed into all crime if this trend is to be reversed.

“I cannot recall in my time of policing in the Borders the solved rate being at such a low level.

“I believe local officers continue to do what they can with limited resources and the senior officers within Police Scotland must now tell us what they plan to do to improve this situation.”

The drop of 24.54 per cent is in contrast to an increase in solvency rates of 6.81 per cent across the Scottish Borders.

Police inspector Carol Wood read out the figures before adding : “There was concern raised at last month’s forum regarding the drop in solvency rates. This is disappointing and it is in the main due to an increase in vandalism during the last year. It should be noted, however, that 2013-2014 saw a marked drop in reported vandalisms compared to the previous year, and the figures for 2014-2015 are similar to those reported two years ago.”

And Inspector Wood, who defended last month’s non-attendance at the area forum, added: “What is encouraging is that there has been a reduction in the number of violent crimes as well as sexual crimes and the detection rates for both of these crimes has increased over the last year.”

Responding to our request for a statement, Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland will continue to work with the local community to continue to investigate and detect offences when they are reported.

“It should be highlighted that the area being honed in forms only one part of all offences reported to police in the Borders and does not reflect the overall good work that is being carried out in partnership with the local Hawick community.”