Recorded crime in the Stirling Council area has risen slightly on the previous year, which Dean Lockhart MSP has described as a ‘failure of the SNP’s soft touch approach to justice’.
Recorded Crime in Scotland 2018-19 published today, shows that crime in Stirling has risen by 4% with 3,496 crimes being recorded.
Most concerning of all, non-sexual crimes of violence and sexual crimes are both up by 39% and 35% respectively.
The publication also highlights that crimes of dishonesty increased by 8% whilst vandalism crimes were down 24% on the previous year.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’This increase in crime across the Stirling area is a simply a failure of the SNP’s soft touch approach to justice.
‘’The SNP’s failure to ensure that we have enough police on the streets is clearly having a negative impact, and their decision to abolish prison sentences of less than a year will only make things worse.
‘’If we are to address this worrying trend this SNP government must finally provide Police Scotland with proper resources and ensure there are enough officers on the frontline.’’