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Crime falls by 16% since 2016-17 29/03/2019 Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed a 16% fall crime in Scotland since 2016-17.

Crime falls by 16% since 2016-17

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed a 16% fall crime in Scotland since 2016-17. The figure is based on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2017-18 – including incidents not reported to police – which shows that crime is at the lowest level ever estimated by the survey, and violent crime has almost halved since 2008-09.

Less than one in a hundred people (0.7%) experienced more than one violent crime in 2017-18 and this group accounted for three-fifths of all violent crime. The proportion of alcohol-related violent crime is also estimated to be down by around a quarter since 2008/09.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • One in eight (12.5% of) adults in Scotland experienced a crime in 2017-18, compared to one in five (20.4%) in 2008-09, and compared to an equivalent victimisation rate in England and Wales of 14.4% in 2017-18
  • Property crime, which constitutes most offences committed against adults in Scotland, including vandalism and housebreaking, fell by 41% between 2008-09 and 2017-18
  • The rate of repeat violent victimisation has fallen from 1.6% in 2008-09 to 0.7% in 2017-18.
  • 77% of adults felt safe walking alone after dark – an increase of 11% since 2008-09
  • The majority of adults (57%) said that the police were doing a good or excellent job in their local area
  • 15.6% of adults said they had experienced at least one incident of partner abuse since the age of 16
  • Cannabis was the most commonly taken drug in the last 12 months and of people who had taken drugs over their lifetime, 16 to 19 was the most common age range to first try drugs.

The survey can be found here.

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