South Scotland

Crime levels fall in Scottish Borders

Crime levels in the Scottish Borders have fallen compared with last year - but so have detection rates, according to the latest figures.

A report covering April to June 2014 found 753 recorded crimes - a drop of about 7% compared with the same period in 2013.

However, detection rates fell from 55.6% to 52.3%.

Ch Supt Gill Imery said that was "disappointing" but stressed the rates would improve as the year progressed.

The report also suggested a rise in incidents of antisocial behaviour but a fall in the number of victims of hate crimes.

Police also said it was "extremely pleasing" that officers had carried out 100% of initial checks in cases of alleged domestic abuse within 24 hours.

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