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Serious Violent Crime Once Again on the rise in Scotland

After years of decline, Police Scotland have confirmed that violent crime is once again on the increase in Scotland.

The latest police figures show that there has been a slight increase in “group one offences” a category that includes serious assaults and robberies in the first half of the year. According to a collection of data through papers lodged with the Scottish Police Authority, there were 3,345 Group One offences in the financial year to date. In total, the figures showed a 0.5% increase in the number of crimes in comparison to the same time last year.

Number of Reasons for Increase

According to analysis carried out by Police Scotland, an increase in serious assaults was the main reason for the rise in serious violent crime with an increase of more than 270 assaults carried out in the last year, an increase of 18%. Although there had been an increase in serious assaults, experts stated that overall they believed that crime was down. They said:  “Analysis indicates that when all violent crimes are considered (i.e. the sum of Group one crimes of violence and crimes of Common Assault) the overall rise in violent crime in 2015/16 is not statistically significant at this time.”

Police Scotland have also stated that the way changes to the way certain crimes have been recorded and are dealt with have also had a factor on the overall stats in Scotland. The number of sex crimes, which had been falling in Scotland had also increased according to the latest statistics, with sex crimes, which include prostitution, had risen by 7.5%. Around two out of five of all sex crimes reported were historic.

Police Scotland’s Quarterly Performance Report attributed the drop to a new nationwide toolkit for dealing with the assault.

It said: “The number of domestic abuse incidents recorded within Scotland decreased at the end of second quarter compared with the same period previous year by 5.3 percent (1,625 incidents).

“There are varying local reasons for this but there is a widespread acknowledgement that one common factor is the effect of the implementation across Scotland of the Domestic Abuse Toolkit.

“Police Scotland’s detection rate for domestic abuse crimes and offences increased by 1.2 per cent to 83 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.”

The Police Report also mentioned the criminal stats on rape and historical sexual abuse saying that even though the recorded number had risen, the detection rate had significantly improved: “The detection rate for crimes of rape is currently 80 per cent.

“This is an increase of 11 percent compared to the previous financial year. “

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