Vandalism and antisocial behaviour is falling in Fife according to the latest statistics released by Police Scotland – but internet extortion and shoplifting is on the rise.
There was a 6% reduction in criminal damage and more than 700 fewer antisocial behaviour incidents reported between April and September, compared to the same period last year.
Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan said he was pleased to see the force’s proactivity and partnership working was paying dividends when it comes to tackling antisocial behaviour.
“Such behaviour and damage hits communities at their heart and we are proud to be working with them successfully to make it unacceptable,” he said.
While overall crime has risen slightly, levels have fallen compared with the first three months of this year.
But police have noticed a significant increase in extortion being carried out on the internet which impact on the violence statistics.
These tend to relate to people sending images or videos of themselves to others who then try and extort funds from them.
There has been a reduction in the number of sexual offences reported but an increase in crimes of fraud, drug offending and a significant rise in shoplifting.