According to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2014-15 the majority of adults (74%) felt very safe or fairly safe walking alone after dark, up from 66% in 2008/09 and 72% in 2012-13.

The likelihood of becoming a victim of crime in Scotland has also fallen to 14.5%, meaning one in seven adults are now at risk, lower than the equivalent in England and Wales.  The estimate number of crimes also fell by around a third since 2008-9 from 1,045,000 to 688,000 in 2014-15.

Other key findings include;

  • One in seven adults were a victim of crime in 2014-15 compared to one in six adults in 2012-13 and one in five adults in 2008-09
  • People’s perception that they could be a victim of crime continues to be higher than the actual risk – for example nearly four per cent of people their vehicle being stolen while the risk is 0.1 per cent
  • Confidence in police remains strong, with 70 per cent of people reporting confidence in police to investigate incidents
  • Although the risk of crime in deprived areas has fallen from 26% in 2008-09 to 21% in 2014-15 it remains higher than in the rest of Scotland

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson said,

“It is extremely encouraging to see that the risk of becoming a victim of crime in Scotland continues to fall. The country is becoming a safer place thanks to the continued efforts of our community and law enforcement agencies and I am glad this message seems to be getting through to the public, with those surveyed claiming to feel safer in their neighbourhood than in previous years.”

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