Scotland Police have found a large increase of violent crimes with an increase of more than 10 per cent in a year.
The national force has produced figures showing that the number of murders, attempted murders and serious assaults have all rose in the past year. The overall recorded number of non-sexual crimes has risen from 7,268 of the previous year to 8,0008 this year, an increase of 10.2 per cent. Sexual crimes have also increased to 13,457, a rise of 7.3 per cent however Scotland Police implies this figure is a good thing, stating that sex offences were previously under-reported. 90 extra crimes were detected every week compared to last year, the Scotland Police force has said.
The conservatives expressed concern with the rise in violent crimes, with attempted murder numbers increasing to 310, 23.5 percent. The number of murders increased slightly too from 56 to 58 and serious assaults increased to 4,050, a 0.7 per cent increase.
“Our officers are working hard every day and the increase in detections is testament to their commitment to keeping people safe. Reports of sexual crime continue to increase, which is to be welcomes, but we are aware that sexual crime remains under-reported.” the Deputy Chief Constable, Will Kerr stated.
“Any violent crime is unacceptable and these offences have a significant impact on victims, families and communities. We are working closely with our partners to better understand and prevent violent crime.
“We have also seen positive results from stop and search, indicating a growing confidence in officers’ use of the tactic, which removes more than 600 weapons from the streets every year.”
Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary, Liam Kerr has recently spoken out saying: “These shocking figures expose the reality that despite the SNP’s claims, violent crime is increasing at an astonishing rate.”
“The SNP must support Police Scotland to tackle the perpetrators of this violence and abandon their plans to abolish short-term sentences immediately.”
The Scottish Government has said that they plan to extend a presumption against sentences of less than three months to include sentences up to a year. The courts however will continue to be able to opt for custodial sentences in cases where imprisonment is deemed necessary.
Earlier this year, figures were published showing that less than 1 per cent of Scotland’s entire population experienced 59 per cent of all violent crime last year.
Overall crime levels have fallen by 16 per cent since 2016/17, with only 0.7 per cent of people falling victim to more than one violent crime.