Crime and Victimisation

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 overall, there is less clarity over the changing nature of homicide. In other words, have all types of homicide reduced or only certain types of homicide that involve different types of victim, offender and circumstance?

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:

Are crime statistics and surveys hiding the real extent of domestic forms of violence?

In the latest edition of Scottish Justice Matters, published on the 16th of June 2016,  Professor Susan McVie explores whether current methodological approaches to recording crime reflect the true reality of domestic violence rates in Scotland.

Read the article in full. 


Can we predict escalation in offending seriousness?

AQMeN research briefing 10 - Brian Francis and Jiayi Liu 

Key Points

There is perhaps an assumption among the general public that offenders tend to escalate in seriousness as they develop in their criminal career. Few criminologists, however, have attempted to understand how seriousness of offending  increases,  remains stable or decreases over the criminal life-course . 

AQMeN blog series: Less crime without more equality?

AQMeN Director Susan McVie responds to the latest figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice survey. 

The Justice Strategy for Scotland sets out a vision for “an inclusive and respectful society where all people live in safety and security”.  So the latest crime figures, published this week, showing another large reduction in victimization will be welcome news for the Scottish Government.  


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