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More than Half of Crime in Glasgow is Unreported

Over half of all violent crimes in Scotland in the last year were not reported to the police according to a recent survey on the nature of crime in Scotland.

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) estimates there were 688,000 crimes with the vast majority being property offences such as breaks in and 186,000 violent crimes. Despite the study finding such a large number of crimes, it is estimated that only 38% of these crimes were reported to the police with 44% of violent crimes being reported.

According to the report, 36% of people did not believe that the police could solve the issue for them, thus opted to leave the matter unreported. A further 32% of people did not believe that the matter was important enough to contact the police.

While the study shows the attitude and gives an insight into the levels of crime in Scotland, the figures collected in the report are not wholly accurate as the survey only questioned just over 11,500 people. As such, many experts stated that the figures merely serve as an estimate.

Crime in Scotland: Levels Decreasing Across the Country

While there had still been a significant amount of crime in Scotland, crime overall is down with many areas such as Glasgow having a lower crime rate than ever before. This can be shown through the study with 85% of all those questioned not being a victim of crime at all with the risk of crime falling in most areas by almost 3%. However, the risk of crime remained the same in deprived areas.

Despite the fact that many people believed that crime was being tackled and that there was not a huge risk of being a victim of crime, confidence in the police in the last year fell from 61% to 58%.Although the crime figures from both this study and the overall crime stats were positive, 70% of people had confidence in the police to investigate incidents, down from 72% in 2012/13, and 66% had confidence in the police to deal with incidents, down from 69%.

There was also a decline in the number of people having confidence in the police responding quickly, with the figure dropping from 64%.

Police Scotland deputy chief constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “Local policing in communities across Scotland is at the heart of everything we do and it is really encouraging to see in the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey published today the continuing reduction in the number of crimes and the number of victims of crime in those communities.

“It is also good to see that public confidence in policing remains strong.

“We are constantly working to improve our service to the public and we will look carefully at the detailed results and local variations of today’s survey to make sure we are doing everything we can to continue to address local priorities and issues for every community in Scotland.”

Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: “It is extremely encouraging to see that the risk of becoming a victim of crime in Scotland continues to fall.

“The figures published today show that our approach to justice in Scotland is working, crime is down, people feel safer and the likelihood of becoming a victim continues to fall.

“We will not be complacent, though. This government remains committed to doing all it can to protect the people of Scotland and work towards safer communities for all.”

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