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Reducing crime, particularly violent and serious organised crime


Scotland is getting safer; recorded crime is at a 39 year low. Although crime rates have reduced, they are still too high. A combination of tackling the underlying causes, better prevention and improved deterrence are key to making Scotland a safer place.


We are:


The Strategy for Justice in Scotland sets out our approach to make the Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.

Who we are working with

Many different agencies are involved in reducing crime. Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Court Service, Scottish Prison Service work closely to detect and prosecute crime, and to deal with people who are convicted. Community Safety Partnerships and Community Planning Partnerships work with these bodies and other agencies to identify and resolve local community issues so that Scotland is a safer places at a local and a national level.

How Scotland is performing

Scotland Performs measures and reports on the progress of government in Scotland. The National Outcomes describe what we want to achieve over the next 10 years.

National Outcome: We live our lives safe from crime, disorder and danger

Justice Outcomes