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S6W-05842: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents of violent crimes were recorded in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Keith Brown 27 January 2022

Table 1 shows the number of non-sexual crimes of violence recorded by the police in Scotland from 2011-12 to 2020-21. From 2019-20 onwards this includes new crimes recorded under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, following its enactment on 1 April 2019. In addition to this, Table 2 shows the number of common assaults recorded by the police over the same time period. Both of these tables are available from the Recorded Crime in Scotland National Statistics ( Recorded Crime in Scotland - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) .

Table 1. Recorded crimes of non-sexual violence in Scotland, 2011-12 to 2020-21

Crime category

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Homicide etc. 1

121

91

106

105

81

105

98

102

121

100

Attempted murder & serious assault 2

4,693

3,643

3,268

3,166

4,007

4,186

4,189

4,359

4,097

3,511

Robbery

2,244

1,832

1,499

1,497

1,327

1,435

1,556

1,807

1,738

1,673

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 3

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,681

1,641

Other violencea

2,426

1,902

1,813

1,504

1,322

1,438

1,408

1,740

1,679

2,047

           

Total non-sexual violence

9,484

7,468

6,686

6,272

6,737

7,164

7,251

8,008

9,316

8,972

Table 2. Recorded offences of common assault 2 in Scotland, 2011-12 to 2020-21

Offence category

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Common assault 2

69,253

60,955

60,357

58,178

58,596

57,861

58,335

57,915

57,833

52,052

Notes:

1. Includes Murder, and Culpable homicide (common law), which includes Causing death by dangerous driving, Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, Causing death by careless driving, Illegal driver involved in fatal accident and Corporate homicide.

2. For the definition of Serious assault and the distinction between Serious assault and Common assault please see Paragraph 7.13 within Annex 1 of Recorded Crime in Scotland 2020-21 .

3. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 came into force 1 April 2019. The Act created a new offence of abusive behaviour as a course of conduct towards a partner or ex-partner. Prior to 1 April 2019, any criminal act which formed part of a domestic abuse incident (such as a Common assault or Threatening or abusive behaviour) was included within the statistics under the relevant crime or offence. Where there is evidence of a course of conduct, new crime codes of Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 (against a male or female victim) have been created. In general, existing common law and statutory offences continue to be recorded where appropriate, in addition to the new crimes.

Source: Recorded Crime in Scotland National Statistics, annual statistics, Scottish Government