This journalism game – it’s all about choices and, sometimes ignoring facts that might spoil a ‘good’ headline.
From Police Scotland today, there were only 45 homicides, down from 55 in 2020/2021, 65 the year before and 134 in 2004/2005.
As for the Herald’s six-year-high, read this:
An overall increase in violent crime (11.2%) is measured against a significant reduction during 2020-21 (-10%) due to the restrictions in place at the time. The five year mean (+2.1%) offers more insight into violent crime.https://www.scotland.police.uk/what-s-happening/news/2022/june/homicides-in-scotland-are-at-the-lowest-level-since-the-inception-of-police-scotland-in-2013-a-new-report-shows/
And on detection rates:
Whilst the number of detections has risen, these have not kept pace with the volume of additional reporting. As a result, detection rates have fallen 4.7 percentage points against the five year mean.https://www.scotland.police.uk/spa-media/dtjkgu32/q4-performance-report-v2.pdf