The shoddy nature of reporting on crime in Scotland revealed


Back in March we read the above and heard the same story broadcast repeatedly. It’s not true. I wrote to the Scottish Retail Consortium for a breakdown of the figures in their UK-wide survey to seek confirmation of the nine-a-day figure for Scotland.

Yesterday I received this:


They just made it up!



6 thoughts on “The shoddy nature of reporting on crime in Scotland revealed

  1. Dave Albiston May 24, 2019 / 8:25 am

    Dearie me. No wonder they delayed their response. Maybe they thought it would be ignored since the news story was so long ago.

    And a sad reflection on the state of journalism in the Scottish MSM that none of them thought to ask questions.


    • Sam May 24, 2019 / 6:02 pm

      If an article reflects badly on Scotland there is no need to check, straight into paper

      If an article reflects well on Scotland, no need to check, it won’t be printed

      Propagandists not journalists


  2. Legerwood May 24, 2019 / 11:54 am

    Time and time again now the MSM are using figures that apply to England and reporting them as if they pertain to Scotland too. Latest example is in the Herald today. It is a story about measles outbreaks increasing – a serious subject – but the figures are from Health Prevention England with quotes from the Head of said organisation. No information specific to Scotland which has a very good record when it comes to child immunisation particularly for MMR


  3. Ludo Thierry May 24, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    Hi Legerwood – beeb Health page also somewhat ‘at it’ with their article on the current England (and Wales and N.Ireland) mumps spike – Notice how Scotland isn’t mentioned so the casual reader would suspect the situation is similar across these islands. Link and snippets below:

    A significant increase in mumps cases and continuing outbreaks of measles in England have led to calls for people to ensure they are immunised.

    Public Health England said even one person missing their vaccinations was “too many”.

    There were 795 cases of mumps in the first three months of 2019, compared with 1,031 in the whole of 2018.

    Most mumps cases are linked to teenagers mixing when they go to university.

    A large outbreak was centred on Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham at the beginning of the year and similar increases in cases have been reported in Wales and Northern Ireland.


    • Legerwood May 24, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      It is possible that the outbreaks among teenagers goes back to the MMR and autism supposed linkage a few years ago. This resulted in a fall off in MMR immunisations which possible affected this age group. In England there does not seem to have been a rebound in the level of immunisations as there has been in Scotland. Continuing low uptake in England is being ascribed to the effects of social media and the anti- vaxers lobby.

      Current stats on child immunisations are available on the ISD Scotland web site. Currently MMR immunisations uptake in Scotland is: by 5 years 1st does 96.6% and 2nd dose 91.2% and by 6 years 1st dose 96.3% and 2nd dose 93.3 %.
      The target for the 1st dose is 95% and this has been met each year since 2009.

      A few weeks ago BBC News reported the increase in measles case in England and said immunisation was 87.7%. When you look at the breakdown by Health Trust there is quite a variation with some in the low 80% range or lower.


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