Figures Reveal Slight Fall in Recorded Crime in Scotland

28 September 2017 Written by Turnbull McCarron Solicitors Category: Blog

There has been a 3% fall in the number of crimes recorded by the police in Scotland in 2016-17, new figures released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed. Total numbers fell from 246,243 in 2015-16 to 238,651, which is apparently the lowest level recorded since 1974.

Other key findings of the Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2016-17 statistical bulletin include:

  • A 6% increase in the number of non-sexual crimes of violence recorded by the police, from 6,737 in 2015-16 to 7,164 in 2016-17. The recording of these crimes remains at one of the lowest levels seen since 1974.
  • Sexual crimes increased by 5% from 10,273 in 2015-16 to 10,822 in 2016-17. The recording of these crimes is at the highest level seen since 1971, the first year for which comparable crime groups are available.
  • Crimes of dishonesty (for example theft, shoplifting and housebreaking) decreased by 2% from 115,789 in 2015-16 to 113,205 in 2016-17. These crimes have been on a downward trend since they peaked in 1991.
  • Crimes of fire-raising, vandalism etc. decreased by 3% from 54,226 in 2015-16 to 52,514 in 2016-17. These crimes are at their second lowest level since they peaked in 2006-07.
  • Other crimes (including drugs and crimes against public justice) decreased by 7% between 2015-16 and 2016-17, from 59,218 to 54,946. These crimes have been on a generally downward trend since they peaked in 2006-07.

In addition to the figures on police recorded crimes and offences, the bulletin also presents official statistics on crimes and offences cleared up by the police in 2016-17. It shows that the clear up rate for all recorded crimes decreased by 1.6% from 51.6% to 50.0%.

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