Survey finds more than 50 per cent of violent crimes are not reported

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16th March 2016 17:15 - Public Consultation

According to a recent crime survey, more than 50 per cent of Scotland’s violent crimes - which all occurred over the period of one year (2014-2015) - were not recorded.Survey finds more than 50 per cent of violent crimes are not reported

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) approximated that there were 688,000 crimes committed agains adults in their own homes. Of this figure, 502,000 were crimes to a property and 186,000 were violent crimes.

The survey revealed that just 38 per cent of the figure was reported to the police. Similarly, just 44 per cent of violent crimes and 36 per cent of property crimes were reported.

The market research also revealed that the most frequently cited reason for not reporting a crime to the police was that the victim felt that they could not be helped by the authorities, at a rate of 36 per cent. As well as this, 32 per cent said that they felt the incident was too petty and not worth reporting.

Rose Fitzpatrick, Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable said of the market research findings: "Local policing in communities across Scotland is at the heart of everything we do and it is really encouraging to see in the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey published today the continuing reduction in the number of crimes and the number of victims of crime in those communities. It is also good to see that public confidence in policing remains strong.

"We are constantly working to improve our service to the public and we will look carefully at the detailed results and local variations of today's survey to make sure we are doing everything we can to continue to address local priorities and issues for every community in Scotland."

It is important to note that the survey does not consider all crime. The research findings are based on approximately 11,500 face to face interviews and all results are estimations, not completely accurate statistics.

According to the findings, the number of crimes committed has decreased since 2012/2013, from 815,000 to 688,000.

Reassuringly, the survey approximated the 85 per cent of the adults in the survey had not been the victim of a crime in 2014/15.

Michael Matheson, Justice Secretary, said of the insight: "It is extremely encouraging to see that the risk of becoming a victim of crime in Scotland continues to fall.

"The figures published today show that our approach to justice in Scotland is working, crime is down, people feel safer and the likelihood of becoming a victim continues to fall.

"We will not be complacent, though. This government remains committed to doing all it can to protect the people of Scotland and work towards safer communities for all."

Of the respondents, 58 per cent said that the police were doing a good or excellent job in their local community, a decrease from 2012/13’s 61 per cent.

70 per cent of the respondents had confident in the force to investigate incidents, a decrease from 2012/13’s 72 per cent. Further to this, 66 per cent said that they had confident in the police force to deal with incidents, down from 69 per cent.

A further 64% were confident that the police respond quickly, a decrease from 66%.

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