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20/11/13 09:21

Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2012-13

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2012-13. The publication presents statistics on the number of crimes and offences recorded by the legacy Scottish police forces in which a firearm was alleged to have been used or where a firearm was stolen, in 2012-13.

The main findings are:

  • In 2012-13, the police in Scotland recorded 365 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved, a decrease of 32 per cent from the total of 535 recorded in 2011-12.

  • The number of offences in which a firearm was discharged and which subsequently fatally or non-fatally injured a person, decreased by 31 per cent, from 95 in 2011-12 to 66 in 2012-13.

  • Air weapons accounted for 47 per cent (171) of all offences involving firearms in 2012-13, compared to 37 per cent (197) in 2011-12. When offences involving air weapons and unidentified weapons are excluded, the number of offences involving firearms fell by 41 per cent from 285 in 2011-12 to 168 in 2012-13.

  • Between 2011-12 and 2012-13, the number of offences involving each of the different categories of firearms decreased, with the exception of offences involving a rifle. Offences involving a rifle increased to 16 offences in 2012-13 compared to 6 offences in 2011-12.

  • There was one Homicide involving a firearm in 2012-13, a decrease of four Homicides compared to 2011-12. The number of Attempted murders involving a firearm decreased from 11 in 2011-12 to two in 2012-13.

  • The number of Serious assaults involving a firearm decreased by one offence between 2011-12 and 2012-13, reducing from seven offences to six. The number of Common assaults involving a firearm was 71 in 2012-13, down 28 per cent from 99 in 2011-12.

  • The number of recorded Robberies involving the use of a firearm decreased by 52 per cent from 82 in 2011-12 to 39 in 2012-13.

  • In 2012-13, 66 per cent of all offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved were cleared up, a decrease of five percentage points from 71 per cent in 2011-12.