I’ve already reported on this trend, to end March 2017, at:
Now Police Scotland have released figures for the period between 1 April and 31 December 2017 which show further reductions. Murder is down from 47 to 40 (15%) and serious violence is down from 3 069 to 2 992 9 (2.5%) in the same period.
Reported sexual crimes rose by 12%. However, Police Scotland welcomed this trend as evidence of greater confidence in coming forward.
You’ll see the Scotsman chose to come at these statistics from a different, gloomier, perspective, in the url below.
If we project the 40 murders in quarters 1 to 3 to the end of the year 2017/2018 we get 53.33 This gives Scotland (pop 5.404m), a murder rate of 0.98 per 100 000 people which is below Sweden at 1.14.