Recently-published Recorded Crime figures have shown an increase in violent and sexual crimes in Midlothian.
The National Statistics publication has revealed that between 2018-19 and 2019-20 sexual assault crimes increased by almost a fifth and serious assault and attempted murder cases rose by over 20%. Other Violence also increased by 13%.
Another notable increase was in reported theft by opening a lockfast place, which rose by nearly 60%. Handling of offensive weapons used in other criminal activity saw a 43% jump.
South Scotland MSP Michelle Ballantyne commented:
“I’m troubled to see that crime in Midlothian is rising in some key areas.
“Violent and sexual crimes are some of the most destructive forces in our society and it is vital that the police are given the resources necessary to tackle this rise.
“Last year, Midlothian Council had to consider cutting their Community Action Teams (CATs) to balance the books after the Scottish Government slashed local authority budgets.
“While the CATs were eventually saved, councils should not have to put the safety of their inhabitants on the line as a consequence of cost cutting measures by the SNP.
“These statistics show that more needs to be done to support local police forces and give councils access to effective CATs that have the skills and local knowledge needed to prevent these heinous crimes.”