What is driving changes in crime in Scotland?


Edinburgh local group of the RSS will be holding an event on Tuesday 12th May 2015 about: “What is Driving Changes in Crime in Scotland?”

Tea & coffee available from 17:30pm; talk between 18:00-19:00; The local group AGM is at 17:30 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Professor Susan McVie, AQMeN, University of Edinburgh

This presentation will draw on the early results of a large programme of research on crime and victimisation in Scotland being developed by the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN). Using a range of existing data sources, the study has examined change in crime over time at the national, the regional and the local levels.  Study findings reveal some interesting disparities in patterns of crime at each of these three levels and cast doubt on the notion of a global crime drop. Potential causal factors which correlate with periods of declining crime show time-varying tendencies, and there are divergent spatial patterns in the data that indicate different experiences across Scottish communities, which may explain why public perceptions of crime do not always match reality. This presentation will address the thorny question of what is driving changes in crime in Scotland and look to provide some answers against a backdrop of major methodological challenges. Further information >

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 16:30
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)

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