New analysis has revealed that serious violent crime has fallen by 11% in Perth and Kinross in a decade.
The figures, published by the Scottish Government, reveal the significant fall between 2008/09 and 2017/18. Moreover, the level of violent crime has fallen by 38% across Scotland.
A separate study into the age and gender of those convicted of certain violent crimes over the same period highlands the reduction in the proportion of younger offenders, as well as an overall fall in convictions.
Adults in Scotland are less likely to be a victim of crime than those in England and Wales – after a 40% fall in crime since the SNP came to power.
Commenting, Mr Swinney said:
“These new figures are encouraging, and reflect a significant reduction in violence across Perth and Kinross – yet more proof that the Scottish Government’s evidence-based approach to justice and rehabilitation is working.
“The fall in violent crime also coincides with a rise in police numbers since the SNP came to power – in contrast to England and Wales, where police numbers have fallen by almost 20,000.
“It’s vital that we build on this progress. The SNP in government will continue investing in crime prevention initiatives, and working with police and others to further understand and reduce violence wherever it persists. ”
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