Lanarkshire local authority area is second only to major towns in crime statistics
North Lanarkshire is the fourth worst town in Scotland for recorded crime.
Statistics reveal that not only does the local authority area have the fourth highest number of recorded crimes with 530 per 10,000 population, but it also has the fourth highest number of sexual violence crimes.
Data which covers the period from 2020 to 2021 reveals that there have been 827 recorded crimes of sexual violence in North Lanarkshire.
Figures obtained from the Scottish Government website were analyzed by A-Plan Insurance to determine the most common types of crime and the proportion per 10,000 population.
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Dishonesty crimes were the most recorded; these include theft, fraud, white-collar crime, door-to-door selling and online scams.
More than 10,750 of these types of crimes have been recorded in Lanarkshire’s two local authority areas.
North Lanarkshire came third in this category, with only the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh recording more.
There have been 5,839 dishonesty crimes and 3,323 involving vandalism or arson in North Lanarkshire. And the local authority was just behind Glasgow with a further 6,058 crimes categorized as ‘other’.
South Lanarkshire ranked twelfth in crimes per 10,000 people with 463.
North Lanarkshire recorded the third highest number of crimes, accounting for 18,070 of Scotland’s recorded total of 246,511. There were 14,829 in South Lanarkshire.
Despite having the second highest population, the city of Edinburgh was ranked as the area with the seventh highest crime rate. Between 2020 and 2021, 499 crimes were reported per 10,000. The area has the second highest number of violent crimes as well as sex crimes, just below Glasgow City.
Unsurprisingly, the council areas of the two cities (Glasgow and Edinburgh) had the highest number of recorded crimes overall, but per 10,000 population, Dundee City had the highest number of recorded crimes with 688. It was followed by Glasgow City with 682 and West Dunbartonshire. with 632 crimes per 10,000 population, then North Lanarkshire.
Figures also show that 629 sex crimes were recorded in the same period in South Lanarkshire out of a total of 14,829, a rate of 463 per 10,000 people.
A total of 538 violent (non-sex) crimes were recorded in North Lanarkshire, while the number was slightly lower in South Lanarkshire at 510 “other offences”.
The two local authority areas in Lanarkshire had a similar number of crimes linked to coronavirus restrictions recorded; 1485 in North Lanarkshire while neighboring South Lanarkshire had 1430.
A spokesperson for A-Plan Insurance commented: “Protecting yourself from crime is an essential part of everyday life and this study shows in a very interesting way that the type of crime committed across the country varies by region. Fraud is reported massively more than any other crime, perhaps due to the pandemic and the move towards online crime.
A-Plan Insurance has been providing personal insurance services since the 1960s. Visit: aplan.fr for more information.
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