Homicide in Scotland, 2017-18
A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Homicide in Scotland, 2017-18. The publication provides information on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2017-18. The main findings are:
Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland decreased by 5% (3 cases) from 62 to 59. This is the joint lowest number of recorded homicide cases for a single twelve month period since 1976, the first year for which comparable data are available.
Over the ten year period from 2008-09 to 2017-18, the number of homicide cases in Scotland fell by 39% (38 cases) from 97 to 59.
In 2017-18, 59 victims of homicide were recorded, 9% (6 victims) less than the 65 victims recorded in 2016-17. Of the 59 victims, 76% (45) were male.
In 2017-18, 81 persons were accused of homicide and 95% (77) of them were male. Of the 59 cases of homicide recorded for 2017-18, 58 were solved and one is currently unsolved.
For each of the last ten years, the most common method of killing was with a sharp instrument. In 2017-18, a sharp instrument was the main method of killing for 58% (34) of homicide victims.
- The full statistical publication can be accessed at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/10/1417
- The term “sharp instrument” includes knives, broken bottles, swords, sharpened screwdrivers and any other pointed or edged weapons.
- Further information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
- National statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of National statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About