Scotland is a safer place since the SNP took over

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From SNP Media today:


Scotland is a safer place under the SNP with crime down 40% since 2006/2007 and at one of the lowest levels since records began in 1974.

Figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 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 cuts from its central budget from Westminster, 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.

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

Commenting, SNP MSP Audrey Nicoll said:

“Throughout the SNP’s time in government it has taken tackling crime seriously and has made Scotland a safer place as a result.

“Not only has the Scottish Government cracked down on crime, but its approach has also meant that reoffending is at its lowest level in the last 22 years – proving that the smart justice approach is paying off in Scotland.

“The figures compared to those in England show that the Tories’ apparent ‘tough on crime’ approach is failing as incidences of crime are higher in Tory-run England than they are in Scotland.

“Despite devastating Westminster cuts, the SNP Scottish Government has not only maintained a higher number of officers per head on the streets in Scotland compared to England but has also made a career in the police the most attractive compared to the rest of the UK as officers are paid the highest wage.

“It is only the SNP that can be trusted not only to keep Scotland safe, but to keep crime low and to protect police services for the future.”

https://www.crimesurvey.co.uk/en/index.html

https://www.gov.scot/collections/scottish-crime-and-justice-survey/

8 thoughts on “Scotland is a safer place since the SNP took over

    1. The survey isn’t based on people reporting crimes to the Police but on a survey of people asking “about their experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland”. This approach has been used in the crime surveys since at least the 1990s as I remember using them back then.

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  1. Was just about to add my thoughts when I read to two comments above and they made me smile. What I was about to say is that I no longer have great faith in ‘official’ figures for almost everything.

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    1. Official statistics and their publication are governed by the Code of Practice for Statistics and as someone engaged in producing them I know that the Code is taken seriously particularly principles such as freedom from interference (political or otherwise) in their production and publication . If you think it otherwise how about pointing to some actual evidence such as breaches of the Code?

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  2. O/T. This is about the news where we are!

    Renewable energy and associated decarbonisation of the economy are huge and important topics in Scotland and internationally. All parts of big political, economic, social and environmental agendas.

    Today and tomorrow, Glasgow is hosting arguably the biggest annual event on these topics anywhere in the UK – the ‘All-Energy Exhibition and Conference’ and ‘Dcarbonise’ (sic).

    See: https://www.all-energy.co.uk/en-gb/conference/programme.html?speakers=Rt%20Hon%20Nicola%20Sturgeon%20MSP#/sessions

    According to the blurb: ‘ No other event brings you more innovative providers and this level of insight direct from the renewable and low-carbon community’s leaders and influencers.’

    Input to this year’s conference programme involves a substantial contribution from the Scottish Government including from Cabinet Secretaries and from many senior officials. The FM is also speaking today (10 May).

    Nothing yet on the BBC News website. Still time for the editor who’s preparing tonight’s Reporting Scotland to find the suitable negative frame necessary to permit inclusion of a news item this evening? Otherwise, once again TuS may be filling a gap!

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    1. I think for BBC Scotland tonight, it was ambulance waiting times to discharge patients in a hospital car park, ferries and probably then the weather.

      Just standard smears, half truths and innuendo, plus of course squally weather.

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  3. O/T Pt 2 – “Scottish government says missing ferry deal document found” – https://archive.ph/7LPXG plastered in lead promotion position on both Main and Politics web-pages because all of Scotland is aching to find out who killed JR, sorry, signed off the 2015 Ferry deal politically…
    To any unconcerned about this don’t worry, you are normal.
    Comically Pacific Quay quotes MSP Graham Simpson’s from King Liar, sorry Lear with an ‘Enduring stench of coverup’ – Who said Tories don’t have a sense of humour ?
    Yet it was Philip Sim’s “Audit Scotland’s original question was *why* it had been approved, not by whom” which caught my eye, ensuring the BBC game continues, sinceit was the WHO which was THEIR initial gambit.
    The Audit questioned why there were no safeguards against a Director falsely declaring guarantees would be provided in full knowledge it was uncertain if not false.
    And not a single BBC Reporter has asked that question, including Philip Sim…

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