Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed new official statistics which show that recorded crimes of handling an offensive weapon, including knife crimes, have fallen by 71 per cent in Inverclyde since 2006-07. This has contributed to a fall in overall recorded crime levels to a 41 year low.
Since 2007 an additional 1,000 police officers have been delivered by the SNP government and, as well as enforcing legislation, the No Knives, Better Lives campaign is educating young people about the risks and consequences of carrying a knife. Between 2006-07 and 2013-14 the number of young people under 19 convicted of handling an offensive weapon fell by 80 per cent – from 812 to 165.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“I very much welcome this substantial fall in offensive weapon crimes. With 1,000 more police on our streets, Scotland’s communities are safer than they have been for 41 years and crime has now fallen for eight years in a row.
“In Inverclyde the number of people handling offensive weapons has dropped from 237 in 2006/07 to 69 in 2014/15 – a 71% drop.
“These strong statistics are testament to the hard-work of our police officers and all of those people who support them in keeping our communities safe. The work of the Violence Reduction Unit and the No Knives, Better Lives campaign in particular have made a substantial contribution to this reduction in offensive weapons crimes.
“Less young people are now convicted of carrying a knife – it is important that we continue to educate young people about the serious consequences of carrying knives to ensure this welcome trend continues.”
The full statistical publication can be viewed here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/09/5338