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60% drop in motor vehicle offences since 2013

The number of motor vehicle offences recorded across Scotland has dropped eight per cent since 2017/18 – from 127,015 to 117,015 – and down 60 per cent from figures reported in 2013/14. According to the latest bulletin released last week, the majority of crimes have fallen across Scotland in the last decade, with the total number of recorded crime dropping 27 per cent since 2009/10.

While the total number of crimes recorded by police has increased one per cent year-on-year - from 244,504 offences to 246,480 in 2018/19 - the recording of crime remains at one of the lowest levels seen since 1974.

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Unlawful use of vehicle – including offences such as driving while disqualified and driving without insurance – accounted for the largest category of this offence group, totalling 31 per cent of all motor vehicle offences. This was a 16 per cent decrease from figures in 2017/18 (from 42,781 recorded crimes to 36,848). During this period, 26 local authorities all recorded a drop in this particular category.

Twenty-three per cent of all motor vehicle crimes were recorded as speeding offences, the latest data reveals. This was a six per cent drop from the previous year – from 29,223 to 27,368 – and a 67 per cent drop from 2013/14’s data. Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, over half of all local authorities reported a decrease in speeding offences.

Careless and dangerous driving made up less than 10 per cent of all recorded motor vehicle offences in Scotland during 2018/19. This was a two per cent rise on figures reported the previous year – from 10,722 to 10,989 – but a five per cent drop from 2009/10. Fifteen local authorities experienced an annual decrease in recorded careless and dangerous driving offences.

Five per cent of all motor vehicle offences were recorded as driving under the influence. This was a slight decrease year-on-year – from 5,863 to 5,847 – but a 31 per cent drop since 2009/10. Half of local authorities recorded a decline in this category between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Mobile phone offences accounted for just two per cent of motor vehicle crimes; a drop of nine per cent on the previous year and an overall decrease of 92 per cent since 2013/14. Three-quarters of all local authority areas reported a drop in mobile phone offence between 2017/18 and 2018/19,

Seat belt offences also made up two per cent of all motor vehicle offences in 2018/19; a seven per cent decrease on the previous year and a 92 per cent drop from figures reported in 2013/14.

The national rate of recorded motor vehicle offences decreased from 234 per 10,000 population in 2017/18 to 215 per 10,000 in 2018/19. While this rate varied by local authority area, the highest rate was recorded in Dumfries & Galloway (545 per 10,000), and the lowest was found in East Dunbartonshire (72 per 10,000).

18% of all recorded crime in Scotland found in Glasgow City

The data revealed there were 453 recorded crimes per 10,000 population in Scotland. Surpassing the national rate was Glasgow City (717 per 10,000) and Edinburgh City (604 per 10,000). The local authority areas with the lowest number of recorded crimes were reported as Na h-Eileanan Siar and the Orkney Islands at 143 and 163 per 10,000 respectively. 

Other findings from the report

  • Non-sexual crimes of violence increased by 10 per cent compared with the previous year; from 7,251 to 8,008. However, the latest figures are down 29 per cent from those recorded in 2009/10.
  • Sexual crimes in Scotland are up eight per cent from data reported in 2017/18 – from 12,487 to 13,547 – and jumped 108 per cent compared with a decade ago. Reports of rape and attempted rape are also up eight per cent since 2017/18 (from 2,255 to 2,425) and increased 115 per cent compared with data from 2010/11. The recording of sexual offences as a whole is at the highest level since comparable statistics became available in 1971.
  • The number of reported crimes of dishonesty has remained almost unchanged from the previous year, increasing less than one per cent from 114,474 offences to 114,506.
  • A year-on-year increase of six per cent was recorded for offences labelled as Other Crimes; jumping from 58,970 to 62,422. During 2018/19, Other crimes accounted for one-quarter of all offences recorded throughout Scotland. Drug crimes accounted for 56 per cent of all Other crimes, while 30 per cent of the total was categorised as offences against public justice.
  • Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, the number of miscellaneous offences recorded by police decreased from 137,012 to 130,686. Within this category group, common assault and breach of the peace were the biggest contributors (at 44 per cent and 39 per cent respectively).

Contact our Road Traffic Defence Solicitors Wishaw, Hamilton & Lanarkshire 

If you have been charged with drink driving, drug driving, driving while disqualified, using a mobile phone while driving, or careless and dangerous driving in Scotland, it is imperative you seek specialist legal advice from a professional road traffic lawyer. Get in touch with McGovern Reid Court lawyers today by completing the online enquiry form.

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