New analysis has revealed that serious violent crime has fallen by 47% in South Lanarkshire in a decade.
Police recorded crime figures have revealed that serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by 47% in South Lanarkshire between 2008/09 and 2017/18, and by a total of 38% across Scotland.
A separate study into the age and gender of those convicted of certain violent crimes over the same period highlands the reduction in the proportion of younger offenders, as well as an overall fall in convictions.
Adults in Scotland are less likely to be a victim of crime than those in England and Wales – after a 40% fall in crime since the SNP came to power.
SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:
“These new figures are encouraging, and reflect a significant reduction in violence in our communities – yet more proof that the Scottish Government’s evidence-based approach to justice and rehabilitation is working.
“The fall in violent crime also coincides with a rise in police numbers since the SNP came to power – in contrast to England and Wales, where police numbers have fallen by almost 20,000.
“It’s vital that we build on this progress. The SNP in government will continue investing in crime prevention initiatives, and working with police and others to further understand and reduce violence wherever it persists. ”