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We live our lives safe from crime, disorder and danger

Why is this National Outcome important?

Keeping people safe is the primary duty of government. A safe and just society is a basic requirement for a vibrant and sustainable economy. By tackling crime we improve the lives of victims, their families and the communities in which they live. By working with offenders we can turn lives around to make a positive contribution. By reducing the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour and danger we help build and sustain strong, resilient communities, in which people can thrive and reach their potential. This outcome is about protecting people from crime, antisocial behaviour and from the threat of accidents and major incidents.

What will influence this National Outcome?

Tackling the underlying causes of crime calls for a broader and longer term approach - addressing the challenges of drink, drugs, violence and deprivation that blight parts of Scotland. We know that some children are at greater risk of becoming offenders because of the circumstances into which they are born. These risks can be reduced by effective intervention, equipping parents and young people to make good choices and offering positive alternatives to offending.

Many different agencies are involved in keeping people safe. A strong and well-targeted police and fire service presence can also provide public reassurance. Community Safety Partnerships and Community Planning Partnerships work within communities to identify, target and resolve local issues. The police, prosecutors and courts are involved in the detection and prosecution of crime. There needs to be a distinct approach to tackling serious and organised crime.

What is the Government's role?

We have an overarching Justice Strategy which the Justice Board uses to monitor progress against delivery of the Justice Outcomes.

We are investing in the pre-school years, providing intensive support for families, youth engagement and fire safety education, equipping children with the skills to make a positive contribution through Curriculum for Excellence and new appraches to youth offending .

This Government is tackling the underlying causes of crime through the delivery of our national drugs strategy “The Road to Recovery”. On alcohol, we have banned irresponsible promotions and those who profit from the sale of alcohol will contribute to the costs of dealing with the consequences of alcohol misuse.

We have reformed policing and have established the Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce. We have improved court efficiency, ensuring that cases such as sexual offences and domestic abuse are dealt with effectively and to improve support to victims and witnesses. The Reducing Reoffending Programme is delivering penal policy based on community penalties, such as the new Community Payback Order (CPO).

We have used seized criminal assets to benefit communities through our 'Cashback for Communities' initiative and have invested various violence programmes.

Related Strategic Objectives

Safer and Stronger

Wealthier and Fairer

Related National Indicators

down Reduce alcohol related hospital admissions

 Reduce the number of individuals with problem drug use

d Improve people's perceptions about the crime rate in their area

 Reduce reconviction rates

up Reduce crime victimisation rates

d Reduce deaths on Scotland's roads

 Improve people's perceptions of their neighbourhood