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...

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...

A core element of AQMeN’s research on crime has involved examining changes in patterns of youth crime and justice over time.  In addition to our...

A key aim of AQMeN was to develop new methodologies using quantitative data.  Within the crime and victimisation strand, we have developed several projects using crime data that have made a...

A key aspect of our research programme on the crime drop has involved examining it from the perspective of victims.  Victimisation surveys provide a useful alternative source to police statistics...

Our work on the crime drop in Scotland has included a detailed analysis of how crime has changed at different spatial scales.  We have conducted...

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...

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...

Homicide is currently at a record low in Scotland. In 2014-15, there were 59 homicides committed (including murder and culpable homicide), which is the lowest figure since 1976, and the homicide...