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Scottish Crime Down 40% since 2007 Under SNP Government


Categories: Constituency, Policing and Justice, Safer Communities

Crime at One of Lowest Levels in Nearly 50 Years

Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP

Under an SNP Government, Scotland has seen crime fall by 40% since 2006/2007, and to one of the lowest levels since records began in 1974.

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey figures also show that just 11.9% of people experienced crime in 2019/20, compared with 20.4% in 2008/09. It is also lower than the equivalent figures in England and Wales of 13.3%.

Despite Westminster cuts and austerity, the SNP Scottish Government has protected Scotland’s police officers with around 32 officers per 10,000 population in Scotland compared to around 23 in England and Wales.

In addition, Scottish officers are the best paid officers in the UK, with a new constable in Scotland starting on £26,737, compared to £21,654 in England.

Stirling MSP Evelyn Tweed said:

‘Stirling and Scotland experience lower levels of crime than before the SNP took office, thanks to a smart and evidence-led approach to policing, justice and community engagement from the Scottish Government and authorities.’

‘Police Scotland officers play an invaluable role in communities all over Stirling, helping to keep people safe in a professional manner. I’d like to thank them for their service over the pandemic, and firmly believe our villages, towns and city will continue to benefit from the SNP Government’s approach to policing and justice.’

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘Falling rates of crime across Scotland are down to collaborative working between our police officers, communities, businesses, councils and the Scottish Government. Community safety and justice have remained policy priorities – and whilst crime hasn’t been eliminated completely, it has fallen to record lows. The SNP will always work hard to keep Stirling’s communities safe, both now and in the future.’