Dataset published: Regional crime trends, local authority and community safety partnership crime trends data for Scotland, England and Wales: violence and burglary

AQMeN Research Associate Dr Ellie Bates has published this dataset which provides police recorded crime counts and related resident population estimates for all violence and burglary (housebreaking in Scotland) (data on burglary and violence is provided separately) for the financial years 2004-5 to 2015-16. This is a longitudinal data set with data aggregated by year to financial years (1st April

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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

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Crime and Victimisation publications and outputs

Here you will find a list of journal articles, briefing papers, working papers, blog posts and other outputs from the Crime and Victimisation research programme by year of publication. 2018 Has policing reform in Scotland led to a drop in the crime clear up rate? Author: Professor Susan McVie Date: 30th March 2018 Addendum to the six month review of

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Has Scotland’s falling crime rate benefited everyone equally?

Crime has fallen nationally, but this research by Susan McVie, Paul Norris and Rebecca Pillinger aims to establish whether crime has fallen to the same extent within all local authority areas and the extent to which there is variation between areas. Using small area level police recorded crime data, this project investigates the differences in crime trends across local communities

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Local differences in the crime drop: are there winners and losers?

AQMeN research briefing 3 reports on a preliminary investigation of local differences during the drop in crime in the Greater Glasgow area between 2004 and 2010/11. In recent years, a crime drop has been identified in the United States and across much of Europe. A similar trajectory of falling crime has also been identified in Scotland. Typically, attention has focused

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Where have all the young offenders gone?

In this research briefing paper, AQMeN doctoral student Ben Matthews explores why the crime drop that has happened in Scotland since the early 1990s is not evenly distributed among offenders. There has been a substantial decline in the rate of convictions of people aged 25 or under, in particular young men, whereas, by contrast, rates of convictions for people over

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Crime and Victimisation media coverage

2017 coverage: How Scotland reduced knife deaths among young people– 3rd December 2017 The Guardian’s Gary Younge quotes Susan McVie on the drop in violent crime among young people in Scotland Black people more likely to be searched by police, report finds – 4th July 2017 The National reports on the review prepared by Susan McVie and Kath Murray for

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Transforming stop and search in Scotland

Researchers: Dr Kath Murray Professor Susan McVie During the course of our research on crime and victimisation, the eight Scottish police forces were merged into one single force in April 2013. During its early phase, Police Scotland faced significant criticism over its use of stop and search which was found to be significantly higher than other comparative jurisdictions. During a

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Crime and the era of ‘big data’

In this current era of ‘big data’, crime data poses both opportunities and challenges for data scientists and crime analysts. The wealth of data available at increasingly small spatial scales provides good opportunities for better understanding the relationship between crime and place; while investment in data linkage infrastructure is allowing us to examine the connection between crime and a host

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