Crime and Victimisation

Has Scotland's falling crime rate benefited everyone equally?

Crime has fallen nationally, but this project aims to establish whether crime has fallen to the same extent within all local authority areas and the extent to which there is variation between areas. Using small area level police recorded crime data, this project investigates the differences in crime trends across local communities of Scotland to identify the winners and losers in the crime drop. 

Social Order: Crime and Justice in Scotland

AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie has published a chapter in David McCrone's new book 'The New Sociology of Scotland'.

Professor McVie's chapter, titled 'Social Order: Crime and Justice in Scotland' explores trends in crime and possible explanations for the crime drop in Scotland. Find out more about this research here.

Find out more about The New Sociology of Scotland.

Homicide in Scotland: more than just a numbers game?

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 rate has more than halved over the past twenty years. But this is not just a numbers game. Although we know that homicides have decreased, we still do not know what types of homicides have decreased. Have all types of homicide decreased together, or are there certain types of homicides that might have remained stable, or even increased, over the past twenty years?

Convict-spotting algorithm criticised - BBC online

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 00:00

AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie discusses the risk of "statistics-led research with no theoretical underpinning" - referring to the development of a new program in China which aims to identify criminals based on their faces. 

Read this BBC article in full 

It’s a criminal waste: How using administrative data about crime could better inform public policy

AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie wrote a guest blog this week for ADRN - the Administrative Data Research Network - on the potential impact of better data linkage across crime data in Scotland.  

Check out Susan's guest blog at the ADRN website

Find out more information about the AQMeN Crime and Victimisation research

Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime in Scotland - a resource for schools

This booklet presents the findings from a survey of school children in Glasgow and Edinburgh, aged 12-16, who participated in the UPYC (Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime) Survey in 2015. The young people were asked about their everyday lives and experiences of being a victim of crime and being involved in crime. 

The Need for a New Power to Search Children for Alcohol: A review of the evidence

Dr Kath Murray and Professor Susan McVie have submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Police Powers to Search Children and Young People for Alcohol. The consultation, which closes on 15th July,  asks for views on whether the police should be given the following new search powers:


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