Multi-agency crime strategy launched

A Scotland-wide strategy has been launched by Police Scotland and partner agencies to try to tackle acquisitive crime.
​The strategy aims to tackle acquisitive crime across the country.​The strategy aims to tackle acquisitive crime across the country.
​The strategy aims to tackle acquisitive crime across the country.

The Scottish Partnership against Acquisitive Crime (SPAACE), introduced this week, covers all aspects of acquisitive crime prevention to address offences including housebreaking, theft of vehicles, doorstep crime, fuel thefts and theft of plant machinery.

The partnership includes the Scottish Government, Scottish Plant Owners Association Scotland, Trading Standards Scotland, Retailers against Crime, Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, HM Revenue and Customs, Secured by Design, Take 5 to Stop Fraud and Crimestoppers.

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A full calendar of campaigns to raise public awareness throughout the year has been developed and Police Scotland will work alongside partners to carry out enforcement activity targeting those involved in acquisitive crime.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Patrick, Acquisitive Crime Lead, said: “We know that acquisitive crime has a significant impact on victims, whether it’s through the invasive nature of the offence, such as housebreaking, or the financial impact caused by the theft of equipment like plant machinery. Often there is an emotional cost too when personal items that cannot be replaced are stolen.

“SPAACE aims to empower the public and improve Scotland’s sense of community well-being by raising awareness of the work being done to tackle acquisitive crime, while providing them with all the necessary information they need to help prevent being targeted by criminals involved in acquisitive crime.

“I am grateful to all of the agencies involved for their continued support and assistance in the implementation and delivery of this strategy.”

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Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs Angela Constance added: “It is through co-operation and close working that we can help raise awareness and protect individuals and businesses across the country from the threat of high value crime such as theft and housebreaking. Continuing to cut crime and the harm it causes both individuals and our society as a whole is central to our ambitious vision to reform our justice system.”