Scots safer under SNP

The 2010-11 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey has been welcomed by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

People are less likely to become victims of crime as new statistics published today show a 30 per cent fall in violent crime in the last two years.

And on the day the Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill is published, statistics show 63% of victims of violent crime victims believe offenders were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the attack.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill welcomed the 2010-11 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

He said: “Scotland is becoming safer. Violent crime is down, less Scots are likely to become victims of crime and the risk of crime in lower in Scotland than in England and Wales.

“It is also reassuring to see more people are reporting crimes to the police and almost three quarters of Scots see community sentencing as an effective way of dealing with less serious crime.

“The survey shows alcohol is still a major influence on offenders committing crimes and comes on the same day that Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has announced the publication of the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) Bill.

“Against the backdrop of deep cuts in public spending by successive UK Governments, we have invested to create stronger communities and a safer Scotland.”

SNP MSP Colin Keir also welcomed the survey and the growing evidence people now feel safer in their communities.

The MSP for Edinburgh Western and member of the justice committee, said: “Crime is at its lowest rate for 35 years, more people are reporting crimes to the police, fewer offenders are being found with weapons and 72% of people agree community sentencing is an effective way of dealing with less serious crime.

“This is real evidence the SNP’s approach to justice is meeting people’s concerns. “Over 60% of victims of violent crime believe offenders were under the influence of alcohol and nearly half of all violent crime takes place at weekends and overnight when people will have been drinking, particularly those drinking at home.

“Alcohol abuse must be tackled, which is why we’re committed to the re-introduction of an Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill.

“The SNP has put more police on the streets, invested in the Cashback for Communities scheme and we have just expanded the No Knives, Better Lives project to six new areas of Scotland to reduce knife carrying.

“There will always be a fear of crime and there is always more to do, however this survey shows the SNP’s commitment to moving Scotland forward by creating stronger and safer communities for people to live in is beginning to show results.”