Understanding the crime drop in Scotland

In the first of the AQMeN Research Briefing paper series, Les Humphreys, Brian Francis and Susan McVie, from the Crime and Victimisation research strand, examined trends in crimes of dishonesty, non-sexual crimes of violence, motor vehicle offences and miscellaneous offences. They explored the relationship between these types of crime and a range of factors known to be associated with crime.

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Can Scotland shake off its violent reputation?

AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie explores Scotland’s reputation as ‘the most violent country in the developed world’ in this blog post. Drawing on figures from the Scottish Government Homicide in Scotland 2014-15 bulletin, together with data from the 2012/13 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, AQMeN research on crime and victimisation and a number of international and UK comparative studies, Professor

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Scottish Justice Matters: Poverty, Inequality and Justice, November 2015

The November 2015 edition of Scottish Justice Matters was guest edited by AQMeN Director Susan McVie, Professor Lesley McCara (The University of Edinburgh) and Maggie Mellon, Vice Chair of the British Association of Social Workers. The edition focuses on poverty, inequality and justice in Scotland, and features AQMeN research into patterns of victimisation in Scotland, the relationship between crime and

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Less crime without more equality?

AQMeN Director Susan McVie responded to the March 2016 figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice survey. The Justice Strategy for Scotland sets out a vision for “an inclusive and respectful society where all people live in safety and security”. So the latest crime figures, published this week, showing another large reduction in victimization will be welcome news for the

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Can we predict escalation in offending seriousness?

Key points: There is perhaps an assumption among the general public that offenders tend to escalate in seriousness as they develop in their criminal career. Few criminologists, however, have attempted to understand how seriousness of offending increases, remains stable or decreases over the criminal life-course. Using the Offenders Index data for England and Wales, Francis and Liu compared different methods

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Are crime statistics and surveys hiding the real extent of domestic forms of violence?

In this edition of Scottish Justice Matters, Professor Susan McVie explores whether current methodological approaches to recording crime reflect the true reality of domestic violence rates in Scotland. Read the article in full. Journal: Scottish Justice Matters Edition:June 2016 Volume: 4 Issue: 2 Pages: 36-37 ISSN: 2052-7950

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Examining the crime drop in Scotland

Like many other western countries, the number of recorded crimes and offences in Scotland has seen a dramatic reduction since the early 1990s. A key aim of the AQMeN research on crime and victimisation was to examine the crime drop in Scotland, comparing and contrasting the trends in different types of crimes and offences, and to establish how this was

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Criminal careers and the crime drop in Scotland

The number of recorded crimes has fallen in many countries, including Scotland, since the early 1990s. As crime is committed by people, this crime drop must be explained by either a reduction in the number of people offending (prevalence) or a reduction in the number of offences committed by people who do offend (frequency), or both. However, to date, little

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Criminal careers and the crime drop: influencing Scotland’s youth justice strategy

This AQMeN impact case study highlights the impact of recent research by doctoral student Ben Matthews. Ben’s research explores the fall in conviction rates for young people in Scotland, including the use of his findings in the development of the Scottish Government Youth Justice Strategy, published in 2015, and the revised Justice Strategy, due to be published in 2017. Read

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