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Drop in recorded crime 19/06/2013 New statistics have shown a fall of 13% in the number of crimes recorded by the police in Scotland between 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Drop in recorded crime

New statistics have shown a fall of 13% in the number of crimes recorded by the police in Scotland between 2011-12 and 2012-13.  In 2012-13, the Scottish police recorded 273,053 crimes, 41,135 fewer crimes than in 2011-12.

The report, ‘Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2012-13’, also reveals:

  • A drop of 21% in the number of non-sexual crimes of violence - to a total of 7,530.
  • The number of sexual offences increased by 5% to 7,693.
  • The number of crimes of dishonesty decreased by 12% to stand at 135,899 crimes.
  • Recorded crimes of fire-raising, vandalism etc. decreased by 21% to 59,479.
  • Other recorded crimes (including drug crimes and crimes against public justice) decreased by 8% to 62,452.

“Today’s statistics show that Scotland’s communities are becoming safer places to live, with recorded crime falling for the sixth year in a row to its lowest level for 39 years,” said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. “It is particularly encouraging to see violent crime dropping by 21% last year and crimes of handling an offensive weapon down by 60% since 2006-07.”
 

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