A single incident of homicide is counted for each crime involving Murder or Culpable homicide (common law), irrespective of the number of victims or accused. Whilst most recorded incidents of homicide in these statistics have one victim and one accused, some incidents can have multiple victims and (or) accused.
The number of homicide incidents recorded by the police in Scotland decreased by 2% (or 1 incident) between 2021-22 and 2022-23 from 52 to 51. This is the lowest number of recorded homicide incidents since comparable data became available in 1976.
Homicide incidents involving more than one victim are relatively rare, in 2022-23 there was only one incident with more than one victim.
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