Drop in Homicides in Greater Glasgow
Greater Glasgow has recorded four fewer homicides against the same reporting period last year according to figures released by Police Scotland today.
Attempted murder is also down by four while recorded incidents of carrying offensive weapons are up from 372 to 404.
There were 22 more crimes of threatening/disclosure of intimate images and common assaults on emergency workers are up from 1,690 to 1,823 compared to last year.
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow said: “The 2020-21 reporting period was truly exceptional and it will be some time before we can actually understand the impact the pandemic has had on crime levels. It covered from just a few days into the country’s first lockdown to the start of April this year.
“We have recorded higher detection rates across a range of crime categories and we anticipate these will be challenging to maintain when reported crime returns to pre-pandemic levels.
“The carrying of offensive weapons is a trend we remain determined to reverse, as is reckless conduct with a firearm where we have seen 12 more incidents. We are alive to the increase in recorded crimes of fraud which are up from 2,433 to 2,657 and our Cyber Strategy will ensure we continue to build capacity and capability to keep people safe in the virtual space.”
“We have been preparing for the re-opening of the city’s retail, restaurant and night-time economy and remain focused on reassuring those who live, visit and work in Greater Glasgow that it is still safe to do so. Our commitment to that can be seen in the results of our recent public confidence in policing survey which shows an increase of six percentage points.”
The 2020-21 Q4 Performance Report shows that overall violent crime has decreased significantly and is down 10.0% (6,361 crimes) compared to the same period last year and down 10.3% (6,548 crimes) compared to the five year mean.
It also shows that common assaults on police officers is up 6.3% (413 more) on the previous year to date and up 18.1% (1,064 more) on the five year mean.
Detection rates increased in a number of crime categories where reported offences had decreased, including overall violent crime (up 3.3 percentage points).
Recorded crimes of fraud have continued to rise, increasing by 38.2% (4,156 crimes) compared to last year and 78.1% (6,592 crimes) compared to the five year mean.
The 2020-21 Q4 Performance Report will be presented to the Scottish Police Authority’s Policing Performance Committee on Tuesday, 8 June.