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As knife crime levels rise across England and Wales, the UK Government looks towards Scotland when it comes to tackling the crisis. Knife crime offences have declined in Scotland over the past 10 years with homicides reducing by 59 percent between 2016-17.

According to data collected by the Scottish Government, recorded crime in 2017-18 was at its lowest level since 1974.  This is a stark difference to other areas of the UK – research collected for England and Wales found that knife crime had the highest number on record, with an annual increase of 12 per cent in the year to June 2018.

Considering all types of crime in Scotland, we’ve put together a list of the top ten areas in Scotland with the most reported crimes and offences:


  1. Renfrewshire – 17,101

Renfrewshire sits on the central west side of Scotland, to the south of the River Clyde, with a population of 176,830 (2017). The total number of recorded crimes and offences in 2018 were 17,101, giving Renfrewshire a crime rate of 10.34%.


  1. Dumfries and Galloway – 18,334

Located in the western southern uplands, Dumfries and Galloway is made up of the counties Dumfriesshire, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire and has a population of 149,200. The total number of crimes and offences last year were 18,334, giving Dumfries and Galloway a crime rate of 8.13%.


  1. Dundee City – 18,728

The fourth largest city in Scotland, Dundee City, sits on the east central lowlands on the north bank of the Forth of Tay, boasting scientific historical significance, such as the RSS Discovery which was launched in 1901 for Antarctic exploration. With a population of 148,270, Dundee City has a crime rate of 7.91%.


  1. Highland – 22,760

The largest local government area in the UK, Highland, spreads across the mainland and inner-Hebridean parts of Caithness, Nairnshire, Inverness-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland and parts of Argyll and Moray. Currently recorded as having 235,200 people, the crime rate for Highland is 10.33%.


  1. Aberdeen City – 25,535

Scotland’s third most populous city, Aberdeen City, sits in the north east with a population of 196,670 (2017). The city is known for being the off-shore oil capital of Europe, due to its proximity to the North Sea. The rate for crimes and offences in Aberdeen City is 7.70%.


  1. South Lanarkshire – 26,346

South Lanarkshire borders the south east of Glasgow City, consisting of Greater Glasgow’s suburbs. The population was last recorded as 318,200, which gives South Lanarkshire a crime rate of 12%.


  1. Fife – 31,027

With a population of 371,410, Fife is between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth in Scotland, home to the famous St Andrew’s University and is seen as an important Pictish Kingdom. Crimes and offences committed in Fife sit at a rate of 11.9%.


  1. North Lanarkshire – 32,785

With a population of 340,000, North Lanarkshire borders the east of Glasgow City and contains many of Greater Glasgow’s suburbs – Cumbernauld is the most populous. Strathclyde Park is a popular attraction located on the Strathclyde Loch. North Lanarkshire has a crime rate of 10.37%.


  1. City of Edinburgh – 55,250

Scotland’s historic capital, Edinburgh City, is home to the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, with a population of roughly 488,050. The city is located on the Firth of Forth and part of Lothian. The famous Edinburgh has a crime rate of 8.83%.


  1. Glasgow City – 87,093

The most populous city in Scotland, with 621,020 people, Glasgow City has the most recorded crimes in Scotland. It was originally part of Lanarkshire, which was an important mining district in the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Glasgow City’s crime rate is 7.13%.


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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.