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Policing - Crimes Cleared up by the Police

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Crimes Cleared up by the Police

A crime is regarded as ‘cleared up’ where there is a sufficiency of evidence under Scots law to justify consideration of criminal proceedings.

Clear up rates for the different crime types show marked differences, from 25.1% for Fire-raising, Vandalism etc. and 36.7% for Crimes of Dishonesty to 77.1% for Non-sexual crimes of violence and 95.3% for Other crimes.

Clear up rates for total recorded crimes decreased by 1.6 percentage points from 51.6% to 50.0% in 2016-17. This clear up rate is the lowest since 2011-12, however this follows a generally upward trend since 1976. The clear up rate in 2016-17 for Sexual crimes is the lowest since 1981, however, this follows a generally upward trend in recent years.

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Source: Justice Analytical Services

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