Police in Aberdeen have reported a “significant drop” in night-time crimes during Freshers week.
The number of overall offences across the first three weeks of students returning to city reduced by more than 60% on last year, with incidents of antisocial behaviour, breaches of the peace and assaults all falling.
Sergeant Michael Stobie praised the influx of new students for helping make this year’s Freshers’ period a success.
He said: “Aberdeen has an excellent reputation for having one of the safest city centres in Scotland and is a consecutive winner of the Purple Flag of excellence for managing the night time economy.
“With this in mind, we have to commend the Freshers who were out and about from both universities for their contribution in the reduction of crime we’ve seen.
Edward Pollock, student president for communication and democracy at the Robert Gordon University, said: “Our intention is to always provide a fun but safe introduction to Aberdeen for new students.
“We are glad to have been able to work closely with Police Scotland to ensure our students are safe and happy during their first weeks of university life.”
Genna Clarke, student president of Aberdeen University students’ association, said: “We hope that students continue to act responsibly and continue to be active citizens within Aberdeen and beyond.”