CHANGES in technology have brought changes in the nature of crime – councillors heard today at the meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.
While recorded crime figures were down in six out of nine areas, Chief Inspector Stewart Drummond said one category on the increase was crimes of indecency. There were 14 such crimes reported between April and September 2018.
But these are not rapes or sexual assaults, he said. Instead, what is being recorded is an increase in crimes using technology, ie the taking and sharing of images.
Chief Inspector Drummond said young people now had better awareness and confidence in coming forward to the police.
He added, ‘They will get the advice and support they need.’
And, later in the meeting, in reply to a question from Councillor George Carr, Chief Inspector Drummond said drugs were now being supplied online, via a ‘dark web’. He said this was an issue that was very hard to combat.