McArthur: SNP presiding over wave of sexual and violent crime


McArthur: SNP presiding over wave of sexual and violent crime 

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today criticised a planned wave of SNP cuts to justice as recorded crime figures showed a surge in violent and sexual crime. 

 

McArthur: SNP presiding over wave of sexual and violent crime 

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today criticised a planned wave of SNP cuts to justice as recorded crime figures showed a surge in violent and sexual crime. 

Figures for Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2021-22 published today reveal that between 2020-21 and 2021-22: 

  • Non-sexual crimes of violence increased by 12%, from 61,913 to 69,286. 
  • Sexual crimes increased by 15%, from 13,131 to 15,049.These crimes are now at the highest level seen since 1971, the first year for which comparable groups are available. 
  • An estimated 14,280 cyber-crimes were recorded by the police in Scotland. 

Mr McArthur said: 

“The SNP are presiding over a wave of violent and sexual crime. It’s absolutely absurd that on the day that sex crimes hit their highest ever level, the SNP are prioritising spending millions on another campaign to break up the UK over keeping communities safe. 

“Even more shockingly, the government intends to spend the next five years cutting the budget for police and courts. This will hamstring investigations and hurt prosecutions. 

“People need to know that if they are attacked or burgled, they can go to the police and their case will be investigated. Right now, many may simply not see the point.” 

On the 14,280 cyber-crimes recorded, Mr McArthur added: 

“21st century crime needs 21st century solutions. The Justice Secretary must ensure that Police Scotland has the tools it needs to go after fraudsters and cyber criminals. 

“During the pandemic we all spent more time online. These figures suggest that that is true for criminals too. 

“Technology is only going to keep evolving and Police Scotland and our laws must evolve with it.” 

ENDS 

Notes to editors:

The crime figures can be found here.


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