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Record low crime levels 10/09/2015 Recorded crime in Scotland has reached a record 41 year low, according to official statistics

Record low crime levels

Recorded crime in Scotland has reached a record 41 year low, according to official statistics. These show that crimes went down by 5% to 256,350 in 2014-15 compared to 270,397 in the previous year.

They are at the lowest level since 1974.

Key figures from the Recorded Crime in Scotland report 2014-15 show:

  • Violent crime fell by 6% in 2014-15 to 6,357 compared to 6,785 in 2013-14.
  • The crime clear up rate decreased slightly but is still the third highest since comparable records began in 1976
  • Sexual crimes increased by 11% last year.
  • Crimes of handling an offensive weapon, including knives, are down by 13% last year.
  • Dishonesty crimes, including housebreaking, shoplifting and other thefts, fell by eight percent, following the downwards trend since 1991.
  • The number of homicides (common law murder and culpable homicide) remained the same as the previous year at 61, half the number recorded in 2006-07, however the number of deaths by dangerous or careless driving is up from 37 in 2013-14 to 39 in 2014-15.
  • Crimes of fire-raising and vandalism decreased by four percent

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