SNP welcome record crime low since 1975

The SNP is today welcoming figures which show crime levels have fallen to their lowest level since 1975.

Recorded crime statistics published today show that the number of crimes recorded by the police in 2011/12 fell by three per cent compared to the previous year – a drop of around 9,000 – continuing the year-on-year drops seen since the SNP took office.

Knife crime has fallen by a further 10% since last year – and a massive 44% since 2006/7. By comparison, it increased by 23.4% between 1999 and 2007.

John Finnie MSP, a former servicing police officer with the Northern Constabulary and member of the Justice Committee, said that the drop in crime was testament to the hard work of police across Scotland, of which there are now record numbers.

Mr Finnie said:

"This drop in crime is great news for everyone in communities across the country and further evidence that the SNP is moving Scotland forward.

"Crime is at a 37 year low, fear of crime is down, the risk of being a victim of crime in Scotland is falling and is lower than in England and Wales.

"This is testament to the hard work of police across Scotland, and stresses the importance of the SNP Government’s commitment to recruiting over 1200 additional police officers since it took office, while officer numbers down south are being cut by 16,000.

"Last month Home Secretary Theresa May was heckled at the Police Federation conference, in stark contrast to the standing ovation Kenny MacAskill received at the Scottish Police Federation conference.

"People are feeling safer in their communities and - despite the relentless scaremongering from opposition parties – record police numbers underline how decisions for Scotland are best made by those elected by the people of Scotland, rather than leaving matters in the hands of Westminster politicians.

"The Scottish Government’s record of delivery in health, justice, policing and education show an overwhelming case for Scotland taking charge of all matters of policy in Scotland."