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Crime

Volume 928: debated on Friday 18 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the top 10 categories of more frequent criminal offences in Scotland in 1976, or the latest 12 months for which figures are available, giving the percentage of such crimes committed by juveniles.

The 10 most frequently occurring crimes and offences made known to the police in Scotland in 1975 were as follows:

Crime or offenceNumber made Knonwn
Housebreaking97,400
Theft95,602
Breach of the peace73,148
Exceeding speed limit relating to built-up areas29,850
Malicious mischief26,218
Taking motor vehicle without consent of owner22,754
Driving recklessly; careless driving etc.20,540
Drunkenness19,757
Construction and Use Regulations (other than lighting)17,730
Police Acts, Bye-laws, regulations13,597
Figures are not available for the percentage of such crimes committed by juveniles.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the numbers of all crimes committed in Scotland in 1976, or the latest 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by regions, and giving the percentage of Scottish crime occurring in each region.

The total number of crimes (Group I-VI) made known to the police in Scotland in 1975 was 232,482. The number made known in each region and the percentage distribution are as follows:

RegionNumber made knownPercentage
Highland5,6312·4
Orkney
Shetland
Western Isles
Grampian14,4496·2
Tayside16,6607·2
Fife9,0403·9
Lothian37,22916·0
Borders2,0310·9
Central9,0123·9
Strathclyde1,35,24258·1
Dumfries and Galloway3,1881·4
The regional figures are approximations obtained by adding the post-regionalisation (16th May to 31st December) figures for each region to the pre-regionalisation (1st January to 15th May) figures for the constituent authorities.