The Changing Nature of Crime in Scotland - 4 November 2014

Crime in Scotland has fallen dramatically. But not everywhere and not for everyone. What are the underlying trends?

Although crime has fallen dramatically overall, some crime types have fallen far more dramatically than others and trends in less serious ‘offences’ differ remarkably from those of more serious ‘crimes’.  Moreover, the profile of crime victims has shifted and there are signs of an aging population of offenders.

The Changing Nature of Crime in Scotland event, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014, brought together a panel of experts to explore changes in crime trends and patterns and examine the profile of those involved in crime in Scotland. Presentations used evidence from the Crime and Victimisation research undertaken by the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) research centre.

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Understanding the crime drop in Scotland - comparing and contrasting different crime types at the national level
Brian Francis, Lancaster University
Les Humphreys, Lancaster University
Susan McVie, Edinburgh University
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Spatial variation in the crime drop: Changes within and between local authority areas and legacy police force areas
Susan McVie, Edinburgh University
Ellie Bates, Edinburgh University
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Local differences in the Crime Drop: Are there winners and losers?
Jon Bannister, Manchester Metropolitan University
Ellie Bates, Edinburgh University
Ade Keams, University of Glasgow
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A different view of crime: shifting patterns in victimisation
Rebecca Pillinger, Edinburgh University
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Where have all the young offenders gone?
Ben Matthews, University of Edinburgh
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The demographic visualisation of conviction rates: What can we learn from shaded contour maps?
Jon Minton, Glasgow University
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