Views on community safety revealed

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THE rate of crime is falling in Aberdeenshire, yet the perception of crime is changing more slowly, a survey of residents has revealed.

The findings are highlighted in the 25th survey on community safety conducted with the Aberdeenshire Citizens’ Panel in May 2011.

Grampian Police figures show the total number of crimes and offences recorded in Aberdeenshire in 2010/11 was at the lowest level in at least five years. Although figures for recorded crime are falling, perception of crime is taking longer to adjust.

Shire Temporary Chief Inspector Andrew Todd said: ““We will use this report to identify our priorities.”