Resources for Democracy: Celebrating Scottish Social Surveys

McVie, S. (Speaker)

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'Making Sense of Crime: Using Survey Data to Understand Trends, Patterns, Attitudes' Abstract: Analysis of both survey and administrative data in Scotland shows a sharp decline in crime over the last two decades, which reflects a wider (and so far unexplained) global crime decline. And yet, media headlines regularly suggest that youth crime in Scotland is a major, and rising, problem and people's perceptions of whether crime has changed do not necessarily reflect the national picture. So why the large discrepancy? This paper will use data from a number of surveys in Scotland in an attempt to make sense of the crime problem, both in terms of understanding how trends and patterns have changed over time, and in terms of interpreting people's attitudes to and perceptions of crime. Analysis will draw on findings from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, amongst others.
Period9 Nov 2012
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom