Crime is down and detection rates are up according to new figures published by Police Scotland.
There were over 3,000 fewer (Group 1 to 5) crimes recorded in Scotland by the end of the third quarter of 2018-19, down 0.4 per cent year on year and 2.5 per cent down on the five year average.
Detection rates for Group 1 to 5 are up to 50.4 per cent from 49.3 per cent from the same time last year.
Domestic housebreaking (down 3.4 per cent) is at its lowest level in the last five years for the period April to December 2018 with 5,266 crimes recorded. This is a decrease of 19.5% (1,272 crimes) compared to the five-year mean.
The Quarter 3 Management Information and Performance Reports provide in-depth information about the Service and recorded crime across the country.
The data, while not official statistics, relates to crime recorded by Police Scotland.
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “It is encouraging to see overall crime is down and detection rates have increased in the last year.
“A reduction in domestic housebreaking means fewer citizens face what can be a harrowing and invasive experience.”
The report also reveals a higher proportion of people are satisfied with how Police Scotland dealt with incidents, with 81.4 per cent either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” compared with 80 per cent last year.
DCC Taylor said: “Police Scotland is committed to policing by consent and the survey is a strong indication that our people’s dedication and professionalism is providing a quality response to high demands every day.”
Overall violent crime is down 1.6 per cent however Group 1 Crimes (non-sexual violent crimes) have increased.
DCC Taylor added: “While the reduction in overall violent crime is to be welcomed there have been increases in certain crime classifications and we are not complacent.
“Some of the increase in non-sexual violent crimes can be attributed to more reports of cruel and unnatural treatment of children attributable to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
“Another area of Group 1 Crimes which increased are crimes of threats and extortion. Many of these are cyber related crimes where threats have been made to disclose images of a sexual nature on social media.
“Any violent crime is unacceptable and local action plans and specific operations are in place to ensure it is tackled robustly.”
Between April and December 2018 Police Scotland received 1,879,294 calls to report 1,305,892 incidents.
The figures and a Quarter 3 Performance Report will be discussed at the Scottish Police Authority Board Meeting on February 28.