Crime (North Ayrshire)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour 2:30, 13 March 2003

I will quote from a recent article in the Largs and Millport Weekly News . The headline reads "crime rates are falling", and the article says:

"Falling rates of crime in North Ayrshire have been applauded by the local MSP, Allan Wilson ...

Daily crime rates have apparently fallen from an average of thirty per day in 2001-02 down to twenty-four at the end of January this year."

Kay Ullrich asks about the Executive's response, so I will indicate what we are doing. There are record numbers of police and support staff throughout Scotland. In North Ayrshire, we have invested £143,000 in closed-circuit television; £238,000 in a community safety partnership award; a total of £490,000 in youth justice in 2002-03; £6.75 million over three years from the better neighbourhood services fund to tackle such issues as community safety and crime; £1.9 million for additional drug treatment—