One in every 400 people in one Scottish post code is a registered sex offender – we reveal area with THREE times the average number 22 May 2016
POLICE hold statistics on where those placed on the sex offenders’ register are living
A Freedom of Information request has shown where sex offenders are living in Scotland.
ONE in every 400 people in a single postcode is a registered sex offender , figures reveal.
There are eight people on the sex offenders’ register among the 3265 population of Ayrshire ’s KA16 – made up of the village of Newmilns and the surrounding area.
The figure is more than three times the national average of around one in every 1350.
Statistics held by police, and released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the locations of 3900 offenders across 350 post code districts.
The register is private meaning the public can’t find out who is named on it.
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The areas with the next highest rate– IV1 in Inverness and EH27 in Edinburgh – have one in 413 and one in 474 respectively.
Offenders can be placed on the register for a range of crimes including sexual assaults, downloading indecent images and historical abuse.
Detectives in charge of monitoring offenders dismiss any suggestions that such offenders are “dumped” in any particular area.
DCI Bob Paterson, of the National Offender Management Unit, said: “It is important to remember RSO does not necessarily mean paedophile. It reflects a huge range of offences and not all sex offenders present a serious risk.
“But the public can be assured a significant amount of work goes into efforts to manage the risk associated with every single one.”
Offenders are managed under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) scheme.
The postcode KA16 had three times the number of registered sex offenders of any other. view map here
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It involves each of the country’s 32 local authorities, the Scottish Prison Service, Police Scotland and health services.
Figures released by police showed 3856 offenders living in 349 post code districts with a total population of 5.2million.
A further 19 live in postal districts with very small populations.
Police refused to disclose the specific locations of this group, claiming the data could lead to individuals being identified.
Around 100 offenders were either abroad or of no fixed address, giving an overall total last month of 3972.
Paterson said: “Any indication that someone’s behaviour is deteriorating or they are concealing information will be acted upon.
“The majority of sex offenders do not commit any further offence. They are constantly assessed and re-assessed.”
Prison release licences or bail terms can, in some cases, dictate where people do not go. But Paterson pointed out
people have a right to stay in their own homes and local areas.
He added: “Each address is assessed regarding its appropriateness. But people are not dumped in any area.
“The reality is every person has a right to safety. It’s the police’s duty to uphold the law and to preserve life in all cases.
“In any case, the risk is that someone goes underground or off the radar.”
Anyone concerned about an individual can flag up concerns under Scotland’s sex offender disclosure scheme, Keeping Children Safe, by calling police.
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “Scotland’s system of monitoring sex offenders is among the most robust in the world.
“When dealing with the release of offenders, public safety is the key concern and this includes assessing the suitability of accommodation.” Source dailyrecord