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Recorded crime drops 3.2% 22/06/2016 New figures from Police Scotland reveal a drop of 3.2% in crime recorded between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016.

Recorded crime drops 3.2%

New figures from Police Scotland reveal a drop of 3.2% in crime recorded between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016. Overall 246,243 crimes were recorded in Scotland during the year.

The statistics also show:

  • ‘Group 1 (crimes of violence) increased by 5.3%.
  • Group 2 (sexual crime) increased by 6.2%.
  • Group 3 (dishonesty) decreased by 7.8%.
  • Group 4 (fire-raising, malicious mischief, etc) increased by 4.4%.
  • Group 5 (Other crimes) fell by 2.4%.
  • Robberies fell 11.4%.’

“The overall reduction in recorded crime is to be welcomed; it means fewer victims of crime in our communities,” said Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone.

“There were fewer than 50 murders last year across the whole of the country with Major Investigation teams working closely with local policing officers to detect those crimes and manage the impact in communities,” he said. “The loss of any life is a tragedy and we will continue to do all we can to reduce violent crime.”

“In continuing to tackle sexual crime, we have committed significant resources to the investigation of non-recent sexual abuse, domestic abuse, rape and other sexual offending with a focus on victim-centred investigations,” he added. "We aim to use intelligence and the latest investigative techniques to ensure offenders are caught. Preventative and awareness work has also taken place with partners as part of our violence prevention strategy to impact on those who would commit such crimes in a way that changes and challenges their behaviour.”

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