What is Reevel thinking?
This is the latest in a series of lies by Reporting Scotland on, for example, gangs, knife, crime, obesity and hospital infections. I’ll summarise in the next post today.
Last night, Jackie Bird opened confidently with:
‘Violent crimes, excluding sexual offences, has risen in Scotland over the past year.’
Reevel Alderson, looking quite uncomfortable, then quite hesitantly repeated the lie:
‘But I suppose the headline, of this snapshot is, as you say, that there has been a rise in non-sexual violent crime.’
Yet, in the introduction to the Police Scotland report, we read:
‘Overall violent crime is down 1.6 per cent however Group 1 Crimes (non-sexual violent crimes) have increased.’
What has happened here? Well, both have missed something important out. Bird should have said:
‘Group 1 Violent crimes, excluding sexual offences, has risen in Scotland over the past year.’
This does matter, because in 2016/2017, beyond the Group 1 crimes which did increase, there were 106 662 crimes including common assault, threatening and abusive behaviour and racially aggravated harassment/conduct and, in 2017/2018, these offences reduced to 99 314, a fall of nearly 7%.
Now, some will say that this is just an error and that my criticism is mere pedantry but by missing out ‘Group 1’, they turned a fall in violent crime into a rise in violent crime with an unavoidable consequence for the thoughts of viewers. Subtly, for some, this kind of reporting, repeated over years, suggests a country which cannot run its own services effectively.
Further, the report by RS, left out several other pieces of information which would have presented a more accurate view of crime trends in Scotland. From the Police Scotland report:
‘Crime is down and detection rates are up according to new figures published by Police Scotland.There were over 3,000 fewer (Group 1 to 5) crimes recorded in Scotland by the end of the third quarter of 2018-19, down 0.4 per cent year on year and 2.5 per cent down on the five year averageDetection rates for Group 1 to 5 are up to 50.4 per cent from 49.3 per cent from the same time last year. The report also reveals a higher proportion of people are satisfied with how Police Scotland dealt with incidents, with 81.4 per cent either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” compared with 80 per cent last year.’