The changing nature of crime in Scotland

November 2014

Crime in Scotland has fallen dramatically. But not everywhere and not for everyone. What are the underlying trends?

Although crime has fallen dramatically overall, some crime types have fallen far more dramatically than others and trends in less serious ‘offences’ differ remarkably from those of more serious ‘crimes’. Moreover, the profile of crime victims has shifted and there are signs of an ageing population of offenders.

The Changing Nature of Crime in Scotland event, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014, brought together a panel of experts to explore changes in crime trends and patterns and examine the profile of those involved in crime in Scotland. Presentations used evidence from the Crime and Victimisation research strand.

There is a short film of this event which can be viewed, together with footage of the presentations, at the AQMeN You Tube channel

Speakers:

Professor Brian Francis, Lancaster University
Dr Les Humphreys, Lancaster University
Professor Susan McVie, Edinburgh University
Professor Jon Bannister, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Ellie Bates, Edinburgh University
Professor Ade Kearns, University of Glasgow
Ms Rebecca Pillinger, Edinburgh University
Mr Ben Matthews, University of Edinburgh
Dr Jonathan Minton, Glasgow University

Presentations from this event:

Understanding the crime drop in Scotland – comparing and contrasting different crime types at the national level
Professor Brian Francis & Dr Les Humphreys, Lancaster University and Professor Susan McVie, Edinburgh University
Spatial variation in the crime drop: Changes within and between local authority areas and legacy police force areas
Professor Susan McVie & Dr Ellie Bates, Edinburgh University

Local differences in the Crime Drop: Are there winners and losers?
Professor Jon Bannister, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr Ellie Bates, Edinburgh University & Professor Ade Kearns, University of Glasgow

A different view of crime: shifting patterns in victimisation
Ms Rebecca Pillinger, Edinburgh University

Where have all the young offender gone?
Mr Ben Matthews, University of Edinburgh

The demographic visualisation of conviction rates: What can we learn from shaded contour maps?
Dr Jonathan Minton, Glasgow University