As crime falls in real terms, even halves in Scotland, media maintain or even increase their reporting or dramatizing of it, people remain or get even more anxious. It’s one of the few direct media effects we know of.
Primary fires attended by the Scottish Fire Services have plummeted from more than 40 000 in 2009 to less than 28 000 last year, a steady, and 30% overall, fall in just over a decade.
In 2021/2022, there were 76 attacks on fire crew, 1 resulted in an injury.
The total number of attacks fell from 99 in 2015/16 to 76 last year.
Physical attacks fell from 13 to zero, in the same period.
Scotland has 13% more firemen, pro rata, than England. Firefighter staffing has fallen from 3052 to 2758 or 3.1% in the same period.
There’s some news for you.