Today’s Observer, using ‘national police data’, headlined:
‘95% of UK burglaries and robberies not solved, data suggests. Police ‘doing all they can’ as crimewave fears rise, with motor scooter thefts a concern.’
In March 2018, the Scottish Sun headlined:
‘FLOP FORCE Police Scotland clear-up rates crumble after five years of controversy and cuts to the force, figures reveal.’
However, here are the actual figures for Police Scotland:
For housebreaking (burglary) in 2016/17, 22.5% of cases were cleared up. It had been 26.7% in the previous year and 25.7% in 2008/9. So, the headline could be:
‘Police Scotland still more than four times better at clearing up burglaries than English forces!’
For robbery, in 2016/17, 76.2% of cases were cleared up. It had been 78.3% in the previous year but only 46.4% in 2008/9. So, the headline could be:
‘Police Scotland more than fifteen times better at clearing up robberies than English forces!’
Given the background of the Scottish media’s regular hatchet jobs on Police Scotland in an attempt to undermine the SNP, it’s worth remembering these other stories:
Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find.
Allo, allo, wot’s goin’ on up there?