The number of people caught for breaking into Tayside businesses has increased by more than 25% while arrests for domestic break-ins have fallen by a fifth.
Earlier this month The Courier revealed a stark postcode lottery over whether housebreakers are likely to be caught.
Now provisional new figures have revealed that police are far more likely to detect those responsible for break-ins to commercial premises than those who force their way into your home.
In the year to the end of the first quarter of 2015, there were 122 incidents of domestic housebreaking in Tayside, up from 105 the year before.
There were just 32 detections for domestic housebreaking over the same period, down eight (20%) from the year before.
By comparison, the number of break-ins or attempted break-ins to commercial properties fell from 89 to 75.
And the number of people caught breaking into businesses rose from 22 to 28, an increase of more than 25%.
There was also a 1,000% increase in the number of people detected for break-ins to non-domestic properties, such as sheds, garages or other outbuildings.
Police detected the perpetrators in just three incidents in 2014/15 but that rose to 33 in the year ending June 20 2015.
Violent crime in Tayside has increased by 17% to 723 incidents over the year.
In Fife, violent crime fell by 1.1% while there was a 15.8% rise in detections of these crimes.
Police Scotland said the first quarter of 2015/16 had shown a fall in reports of housebreakings in Tayside and a drop in the number of casualties on the region’s road.
Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, Tayside Division, said: “Our focus in Tayside Division continues to be very much on violent crime and whilst our detection rates remain high, we are committed to working with partner agencies to reduce instances of violence and the number of victims affected.
“There also continues to be an increased number of sexual crimes reported, many of which are historic in nature, which is reflective of the high level of professional support given to victims of these types of crime.
“I am also pleased that the division’s intelligence-led drugs initiative Operation Slate, has seen an increase in the number of drugs supply and possession charges.
“This was identified as a local priority by our communities and we will continue to work hard to ensure organised criminals have no place to hide in the Tayside area.”
Fife Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Angela McLaren said: “I’m pleased to report a further decrease in overall crime of 5.5%, continuing the trend from the past couple of years.
“We’ve maintained low levels of violent crime with 98.9% of the most serious offences detected and persons charged or reported for 87.6% of common assaults.
“We have dedicated specialist resources to investigate rape offences and provide support to victims and their families and thanks to the Divisional Rape Investigation Unit the detection rate for such crimes has risen.”