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. 

Building safer communities: changing the focus of crime reduction strategies in Scotland

This AQMeN impact case study draws on research from the Crime and Victimisation programme and highlights the impact of the research findings which have influenced crime reduction strategies through the Scottish Government 'Building Safer Communities' Board.

Criminal careers and the crime drop: influencing Scotland's youth justice strategy

This AQMeN impact case study highlights the impact of recent research by AQMeN PhD Student Ben Matthews. Ben's research explores the fall in conviction rates for young people in Scotland, including the inclusion of his findings in the development of the Scottish Government Youth Justice Strategy, published in 2015, and the revised Justice Strategy, due to be published in 2017.

Read this case study in full here.

Stop and search in Scotland: transforming policy and practice and influencing cultural change

Part of the new AQMeN impact case study series, this document highlights the impact of the research undertaken by Dr Kath Murray and Professor Susan McVie around high rates of stop and search in Scotland. The research took place in 2014 with the findings having a transformative impact on policing in Scotland, including the introduction of a new Code of Practice in May 2017 and the roll out of force-wide training aimed at changing police culture around stop and search in Scotland.

Project update: Examining the crime drop in Scotland

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 victimisation was to examine the crime drop in Scotland, comparing and contrasting the trends in different types of crimes and offences, and to establish how this was connected to other social, economic, criminal justice and demographic factors.

We have written a number of papers that focus on the crime drop in Scotland, as outlined below.

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


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