It’s been reported that the levels of crime recorded at Aberdeen Airport are rising.
Four times higher than in previous years, Aberdeen Airport is suffering from a mix of criminal and disorderly passenger behaviour.
For figures that cover 2014/15 the number of crimes reported were four times higher than those three years ago, which sees incidents at 391, yet there were just 119 incidents in 2012/13.
Offences that occur include driving incidents, ‘fire raising’ activity upon aircraft, adults drunk and in charge of minors, threatening and abusive behaviour, and sexual assault.
In a bid to combat the rising criminal activity, staff at the airport have now been issued with the power to give formal warnings. These then go into a system that registers any repeat offenders, whereby a charge is then enforced.
A spokesperson for the airport said, “Security will always be a top priority and we work closely with Police Scotland to ensure our airport remains a safe environment for everyone who passes through our doors. The increase in figures can be attributed to a recent change which now enables Police Scotland to issue formal warnings to those who are in breach of airport by-laws as opposed to informal warnings, as was the case previously.”
Whilst a spokeswoman for the Scottish Police Force added, “Officers based at Aberdeen International Airport are present to ensure the safety of passengers, staff and crew of the airlines who operate there.”