SHARP FALL IN WEAPONS OFFENCES SINCE 2007

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SHARP FALL IN WEAPONS OFFENCES SINCE 2007

Cases of handling of offensive weapons across South Lanarkshire have fallen sharply since the Scottish Government came to power in 2007, latest figures have revealed.

In 2007/08, there were 17 cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 of the population in South Lanarkshire – which has fallen sharply to 5 by 2016/17, a drop of [71%].

The latest figures back up Tory Justice Minister Rory Stewart’s comments that the rest of the UK “has a lot to learn from Scotland” – and are a further indication that Scottish Government efforts to tackle issues such as knife crime have worked.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Rutherglen, Clare Haughey, said:

“This is welcome news – and proves that the Scottish Government’s approach to issues such as knife crime is paying dividends for our communities across South Lanarkshire.

“Thanks to our approach to justice and well-supported police in our communities there has been a marked drop in the number of weapons offences across South Lanarkshire – meaning everyone can enjoy living here more safely.

“Given this sharp drop in weapons offences – a 71% decrease since 2007, contrasting sharply with the trend south of the border – it is no wonder that the UK government are looking to Scotland for answers on how to tackle crime, acknowledging that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.

“The Scottish Government has made justice one of its top priorities since coming to power in 2007 – putting more police on the streets and taking decisive action to reduce reoffending, meaning crime is at its lowest level in over 40 years and our communities are as safe as ever before.”

ENDS

Notes:

Cases of handling offensive weapons per 10,000 population, 2007-08 to 2016-17, by local authority
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Percentage change
Scotland 17 17 13 12 11 8 7 6 6 6 -65%
Aberdeen City 17 16 11 12 11 6 6 6 7 8 -53%
Aberdeenshire 6 7 4 5 4 4 2 2 2 4 -33%
Angus 6 8 7 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 -33%
Argyll and Bute 14 13 10 10 7 6 6 7 4 3 -79%
Clackmannanshire 25 23 15 17 14 12 8 7 5 7 -72%
D&G 9 8 8 9 6 4 5 3 4 6 -33%
Dundee 12 14 11 16 12 9 9 9 7 7 -42%
East Ayrshire 18 17 14 9 9 6 4 7 6 6 -67%
East Dunbartonshire 11 7 9 6 4 6 2 2 3 5 -55%
East Lothian 9 8 8 8 7 7 5 3 5 3 -67%
East Renfrewshire 8 11 8 9 4 2 2 2 4 4 -50%
Edinburgh City 16 15 12 13 10 7 9 7 6 6 -63%
Falkirk 11 14 8 11 11 6 8 7 3 4 -64%
Fife 9 11 8 7 7 5 5 5 4 4 -56%
Glasgow City 46 43 36 27 24 17 14 12 10 12 -74%
Highland 15 14 12 11 12 7 6 5 6 4 -73%
Inverclyde 27 27 22 17 12 9 6 9 9 8 -70%
Midlothian 12 12 11 8 9 7 8 4 4 7 -42%
Moray 9 8 8 9 4 4 4 2 3 4 -56%
Na h-Eileanan Siar 5 7 4 3 3 3 4 3 1 0 -100%
North Ayrshire 25 23 14 11 11 5 6 4 6 6 -76%
North Lanarkshire 20 17 14 12 9 7 7 7 7 7 -65%
Orkney Islands 4 3 5 7 3 4 1 1 2 0 -100%
Perth and Kinross 5 8 5 6 5 4 4 3 3 2 -60%
Renfrewshire 19 20 15 13 13 8 8 7 7 7 -63%
Scottish Borders 8 11 7 6 8 5 5 4 3 3 -63%
Shetland Islands 4 9 7 3 5 6 6 4 8 2 -50%
South Ayrshire 13 14 8 9 6 5 4 5 5 5 -62%
South Lanarkshire 17 17 13 11 10 9 8 6 7 5 -71%
Stirling 11 11 10 9 11 8 5 5 4 4 -64%
West Dunbartonshire 32 35 26 19 19 14 16 10 10 9 -72%
West Lothian 11 12 12 9 10 9 8 5 4 7 -36%

 

Date published: 19th July 2018

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