Police Scotland Solving Every Case Since 2013
Latest statistics from Scottish Government, published today, show the number of homicides committed in Scotland continues to reduce.
They also reveal that every single homicide committed in Scotland since 2013 has been detected by Police Scotland.
This 100% detection rate means that every one of the 605 murders committed since the inception of the single national service in 2013 has been solved.
In 2022-23, 52 victims of homicide were recorded, 2% (or one victim) fewer than the 53 victims recorded in 2021-22. This is the lowest number of recorded homicide victims since comparable records began in 1976.
All 52 were detected, with the perpetrators brought to justice.
Over the latest 10 year period from 2013-14 to 2022-23, the number of victims fell by 16% (or 10 victims) from 62 to 52 – and by more than half (52% or 57 victims) over the latest 20 year period.
The biggest reduction in homicide victims over the last 20 years has been amongst young people aged 16-24. In the five years between 2003-04 to 2007-08 there were 126 victims in this age range, which dropped to 24 across the latest five years between 2018-19 to 2022-23.
In addition, a significant number of ‘cold cases’, some committed many decades ago, have also been detected – with the culprits identified, often using the latest technologies, and brought to trial. These have included the murders of Brenda Page (1978) and Renee MacRae (1976).