From the just-released Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016/17, it is clear that as crime falls, Scots are feeling safer. The graph above shows the quite dramatic fall in overall crime in the ten years of SNP government. Governments of the day always feel at least partly justified in claiming some credit, for the obvious reason that, were crime climbing, they’d be blamed for it. Violent crime, in particular, has fallen with a 27% drop in all violent crimes since 2008/2009. Reasons for falling crime are, of course, complex and contested with factors such as freely available contraception and lowered lead-levels in the environment, given credit, along with improved policing and better government policies. See this for more:
These changes have also resulted in more Scots reporting confidence in walking alone after dark in their local area. See this:
Finally, Scots continue to report lower levels of experience of crime than those in England and Wales. See this:
This ten-year trend contrasts markedly with the situation as recently as 2005. See this:
Scotland has second highest murder rate in Europe: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/sep/26/ukcrime.scotland
Interestingly, speaking to a few people in their late seventies or early eighties, few believed that these changes were taking place. I suppose you’d only have to watch TV news or read a local newspaper to see why they might think so.