Explaining the crime drop in Scotland

This project aims to explore the dramatic crime drop in Scotland, comparing and contrasting different types of crimes and offences, to establish its connection with other social, economic and demographic change.

The focus of this project is on change in crime rather than a drop in crime, because understanding what drove an increase in crime rates is as important as understanding what has led to a reduction. Our analysis concentrates on crimes of dishonesty, motor vehicle offences and miscellaneous offences (including common assault) as these account for 80-90% of all crimes and offences per annum. 

Policy relevance: 
Relevant to policymakers and practitioners seeking to understand the factors which affect increases and decreases in crime.
Researchers: 
Date: 
January, 2014 to December, 2014

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