Major reductions in anti-social behaviour in Scotland at Hallowe-en and on Bonfire Night with no officers injured


You’d never know it from our Nomedia, but Hallowe’en and Bonfire nights in 2018 saw reductions in calls to the police including a massive 87% reduction for crimes involving fireworks.

My house was ‘egged’, just the one, at Hallowe’en, so naturally I assumed there had been a massive increase in threats to older citizens.

From Police Scotland:

Police in Edinburgh have praised the support of the public and partner organisations following a successful Halloween and Bonfire Night policing operation.

Between Wednesday 31st October and Monday 5th November, reported antisocial behaviour in the city fell from 747 incidents in 2017, to 552 incidents in 2018. This equates to 195 fewer calls and a reduction of 26%.

In the North East, a 53% reduction in calls relating to Bonfire Night offences were received on Monday 5th November, with the North West recording a 35% fall in antisocial behaviour during this evening, in comparison with Bonfire Night 2017.

While there were a number of reported incidents where attempts were made to target police and other emergency service personnel, no officers were injured, and no police vehicles were damaged during the evening.

Comparitively, Sunday 4th November 2018 saw 56 reported ASB incidents and 19 fireworks offences, compared to 157 and 146 respectively for Sunday 5th November 2017. This equates to a 64% reduction for antisocial behaviour and an almost 87% reduction for crimes involving fireworks.



5 thoughts on “Major reductions in anti-social behaviour in Scotland at Hallowe-en and on Bonfire Night with no officers injured

  1. Alasdair Macdonald. November 7, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    The ‘Ah, but’ brigade will, simply reply that the reduction is because in the past when they reported things ‘nothing was done’, so they just did not bother reporting anything this year. So, the actual reports are ‘just the tip of the iceberg’. Hence, the Hootsmon is actually under-reporting.

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  2. Ludo Thierry November 7, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    This story contains plenty of ghastly ghouls and anti-social behaviour and ‘dark money’ but is only carried on beeb N. Ireland page (not seeing it anywhere on beeb Scotland – yet again – despite the heavy Scottish involvement). Link and snippets below:

    DUP’s pro-Brexit advertising money was ‘permissible’

    The Electoral Commission has told MPs that it is satisfied that a £435,000 donation to the DUP was permissible under UK law.

    Some £425,000 of the money from the Constitutional Research Council (CRC) was spent on pro-Brexit advertising throughout the UK.

    The CRC is thought to be a group of pro-union business people chaired by Richard Cook.

    Mr Cook is a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservatives.

    The commission’s chief executive, Claire Bassett, and head of regulation, Louise Edwards, gave evidence to the Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday as part of the committee’s inquiry into disinformation and fake news.

    Ms Edwards told MPs that during the referendum period when the DUP received the controversial donation from the Scottish-based Constitutional Research Council the commission had received quarterly reports from the party about the donations they had received.

    Under the rules which applied to donations to Northern Ireland parties at that time, the commission is not allowed to publish the identities of donors.

    Questioned by SNP MP Brendan O’Hara about whether the Electoral Commission had done everything it could to check the money which went to the DUP was not of foreign origin and was permissible under UK law, Ms Bassett replied “we were satisfied that the donors were permissible”.

    Mr O’Hara questioned the Electoral Commission about allegations made in a recent BBC NI Spotlight programme regarding whether there was a common plan between the DUP and the referendum campaign group, Vote Leave.

    Ms Edwards said the Commission had taken the view there was insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation into the matter.

    Now, now – move along there – nothing to see here – move along, move along.

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  3. Contrary November 7, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Radio Scotland was ramping up last week, reporting on the news of last year about how violent and terrible it was, interviewing people, giving us daily reports of what it was like last year, what a lawless society of good for nothings and how dare we think we should get independence and left to our own devices because obviously we don’t know how to behave in a civilised (by the Roman measure) manner. Or something along those lines.

    I haven’t noticed them reporting on the improvement of figures – but then, I haven’t been fully paying attention, so I’m sure they must have, because they are so interested in it.

    Anyway. Good improvement! Bad that there is any anti social behaviour at all, but I guess that would be wishful thinking.

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