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Crime figures at 35 year low 12/09/2011 New official statistics reveal that recorded crime fell again last year to its lowest level since 1976.

Crime figures at 35 year low

New official statistics reveal that recorded crime fell again last year to its lowest level since 1976. The 323,000 crimes recorded in 2010-11 represents a four percent reduction on the previous year and the lowest level in 35 years.

According to the figures, which cover crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the eight Scottish police forces in 2010-11, overall clear up rates are in line with the last two years' recent high level of 49%.

Other findings include:

  • The number of violent crimes (non-sexual crimes of violence) recorded by the police increased by 2% per cent between 2009-10 and 2010-11, to a total of 11,438.
  • The number of sexual crimes (crimes of indecency) increased by 1%, from 6,458 in 2009-10 to 6,509 in 2010-11.
  • The number of crimes of dishonesty increased by 2% to stand at 155,870 cases in 2010-11.
  • Recorded cases of vandalism (including fire-raising and malicious mischief) decreased by 12% to total 82,020 in 2010-11.
  • Other recorded crimes (including drug offences, crimes against public justice and offensive weapons offences) decreased by 9% to total 67,223 in 2010-11.
  • The clear-up rate in 2010-11 for non-sexual crimes of violence is higher than in 2009-10, increasing from 67% to 72%.
  • The rate for crimes of dishonesty has decreased by 1 percentage point and the rates for fire-raising and vandalism and for miscellaneous offences have decreased by 1 percentage point each.
  • The rates for crimes of indecency and the other crimes group remain unchanged from the previous year.
  • In 2010-11 the police recorded 530,436 offences, a decrease of 6% from the number in 2009-10.

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