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Policing - Crimes Cleared up by the Police

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Crimes Cleared up by the Police

A crime is regarded as ‘cleared up’ where there is a sufficiency of evidence under Scots law to justify consideration of criminal proceedings.

Clear up rates for the different crime types show marked differences, from 25.9% for Fire-raising, Vandalism etc. and 38.3% for Crimes of Dishonesty to 73.3% for Non-sexual crimes of violence and 89.0% for Other crimes.

Clear up rates for total recorded crimes increased by 1.5 percentage points from 49.5% to 51.0% in 2018-19. Clear up rates have been relatively stable over the last decade following a generally upward trend since 1976. The clear up rate in 2018-19 for Sexual crimes is the lowest since 1979.

Crimes cleared up 2018-19

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Source: Justice Analytical Services

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