Homicide in Scotland 2017-2018: statistics

Statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2017 to 2018.

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Key Points

  • Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland decreased by 5% (three cases) from 62 to 59 (Table 1). This is the joint lowest number of recorded homicide cases for a single twelve month period since 1976, the first year for which comparable data are available.
  • Over the ten year period from 2008-09 to 2017-18, the number of homicide cases in Scotland fell by 39% (38 cases) from 97 to 59 (Table 1). Glasgow City accounted for over one third (34%) of this decrease. In 2017-18, almost one fifth (11) of the 59 national recorded homicide cases occurred within Glasgow City (Table 2).
  • In 2017-18, 59 victims of homicide were recorded, 9% (six victims) less than the 65 victims recorded in 2016-17 (Table 1). Of the 59 victims, 76% (45) were male (Table 5).
  • In 2017-18, 81 persons were accused of homicide and 95% (77) of them were male (Table 6). Of the 59 cases of homicide recorded for 2017-18, 58 were solved and one is currently unsolved (Table 1).
  • For each of the last ten years, the most common method of killing was with a sharp instrument (Table 7). In 2017-18, a sharp instrument was the main method of killing for 58% (34) of homicide victims.

Homicide in Scotland 2017-18


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