Crime and Victimisation

Changing crime concentrations in neighbourhoods in City of Glasgow

Existing international research has found that crime 'typically' concentrates and persists at a small number of micro-locations and, in so doing, has supported the development of effective and efficient place-based policing initiatives. This research set out to question whether, in an era of falling crime, the spatial scale and urban patterning of crime density has remained stable or exhibited change. It separately considers violent and property crime.

Comparing trends in crime across local authorities in Britain

This research examines change in crime at a regional level across Britain.  Existing work on regional crime trends has tended to focus on simple mapping or cross-sectional analysis; but there has been very little published work on longitudinal change at a regional level.  In addition, there are gaps in knowledge about relative change in crime trends across UK jurisdictions, especially during the recent period of the crime drop.  Therefore, this research has examined uniformity of change in two crime types (burglary and violence) between local authorities distributed across Scotland, England

Spatial variation and the crime drop

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 research aimed at explaining the crime drop at a national level; however, here we present key papers which have focused on changing crime trends at regional and local level.  The aim of this work has been to identify whether some localities have benefited more or less from the dividend of the crime drop compared to others.  We have found important spatial variation in

Criminal careers and the crime drop in Scotland

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 the number of people offending (prevalence) or a reduction in the number of offences committed by people who do offend (frequency), or both.  However, to date, little work has been conducted on how patterns of offending have changed over the period of the crime drop.

BBC Radio 4: Law in Action - AQMeN's Susan McVie on conviction rates for sexual offences

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 16:00

AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie was interviewed for BBC Radio 4's Law in Action programme. Susan discussed the increase in convictions in sexual offences and how these are bucking the downward trend in crime rates. Susan points out that this picture varies across the UK.

Listen to the interview online at BBC Radio Four

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.

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.


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