Hyslop Comments on significant drop in Crime in West Lothian

Hyslop Comments on significant drop in Crime in West Lothian

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the latest figures which show a fall in the use of offensive weapons and vandalism in West Lothian in the last decade.

In 2007/08, there were 11 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in West Lothian, which has fallen to 7 by 2016/17, a drop of 36%. Similarly, there were 242 instances of vandalism per 10,000 in West Lothian which fell to 91 by 2016/17, dropping by 62%.

Fiona commented:

“I welcome these figures which show a reduction in both vandalism and use of offensive weapons in West Lothian.

“The SNP Government has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years.

“These statistics prove that our approach to community safety is working, but there is still more we can do and I am aware from my recent surgery tour of disturbance issues in communities in the west of the constituency. I plan to write to local police to express my gratitude to the work that they do and offer to meet with them to see what other help I can offer as the local Constituency MSP to help get these numbers down even further.”