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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-01782
Asked by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 23 July 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the increase in levels of antisocial behaviour that was recorded in Police Scotland management information statistics for 2020-21.

Current status: Answered by Ash Denham on 18 August 2021


Answer

Police management information, while a useful tool, should be used with caution. These are not official statistics and should not be taken as indicative of longer term trends. Due to the exceptional circumstances of the last year, caution is even more necessary when considering the information for 2020-21, as a rise in complaints and neighbour disputes in relation to potential breaches of COVID-19 restrictions are included.

Measuring change in antisocial behaviour over time is best done using population-based measures and all the evidence points towards a long-term, sustained reduction in Scotland. For example, the Scottish Crime & Justice Survey shows the proportion of adults who feel people behave in an antisocial manner in their area has fallen from 46% in 2008-09 to 33% in 2019-20 (with no change identified between 2018-19 and 2019-20).

We remain committed to tackling all forms of antisocial behaviour while recognising the progress made and will continue to work with partners to deliver the best outcomes for communities.