You’d think you could rely on what one big polis told you. Sadly the ‘Scottish’ Daily Express has been let down by its source. I suppose checking the official statistics is overrated? Not what real journalists do? Typical ex-professor at a pretendy wee university! Oh, go on then, tell me about it then, smarty pants.
Racially-aggravated 4178 3249 down 22%
Religiously aggravated 694 624 down 10%
Disability aggravated 48 284 up 491%
Sexual orientation aggravated 452 1112 up 146%
The large percentage increases in the reporting of disability and sexual-orientation aggravated offenses is shocking but does reflect a more positive trend in that these groups are more willing to come forward.
The fall in the reporting of racially and religiously aggravated offenses is not, I’m sure, evidence that people are become more reluctant to report these.
So, given that sectarian abuse is included in racially aggravated crime, we can be fairly sure that the Express is wrong. It’s also worth noting that religiously aggravated crime, as well as falling, makes up just over 10% of the total.