Recorded crime has continued to fall in the past year, according to new figures published by Police Scotland.
Between April 1 2014 and March 31 2015, there was a 4.7 per cent decrease in crime recorded in Scotland across all categories.
Crimes of violence, dishonesty – including housebreaking and theft – and anti-social behaviour all reduced over the past 12 months.
Sexual crime, including rape and sexual assault, and domestic abuse saw increases; but Police Scotland says it has introduced new ways of tackling these types of crimes and has worked to build confidence in victims to come forward.
The figures are contained in management information which has been published online.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, crime and operational support, said: “Over the past two years, we have significantly enhanced our whole approach to investigating the most serious of crimes including murder, rape and domestic abuse.
“Through the introduction of major investigation teams, rape and domestic abuse taskforces and divisional investigation units, we have seen national specialist support being provided to local policing teams to ensure our response is as effective and responsive as possible.
“Our focus is on keeping people safe. From the most violent crime which happens less frequently, to higher volume crime such as housebreaking and incidents of disorder and anti-social behaviour which impact on community well-being, Police Scotland is committed to both the prevention and detection of crime.
“Public confidence and satisfaction in the service remains high, which is welcome, given the way policing has evolved over the past two years since the introduction of a single service.
“We are making significant in-roads in the disruption of serious organised crime in Scotland, through a different style of approach built upon collaboration and smarter working.
“Sadly we have seen an increase in the number of people who have died on our roads. We continue to take every effort to reduce casualties on the roads in Scotland.”
Crimes of violence decreased by more than six per cent last year – the overall detection rate was 84 per cent. There were 55 murders, two fewer than the year before. The number of serious assaults fell by almost two per cent and attempted murders decreased by more than 17 per cent.
The number of domestic abuse incidents reported during 2014/2015 increased by 1.8 per cent to total 59,471. One or more crimes were recorded in 57 per cent of all domestic incidents.
Sexual crime recorded by Police Scotland increased by 9.3 per cent. There were 1797 rapes recorded during the 12 month period, an increase of 91 compared to 2013/2014. Nearly 40 per cent of those reports were historic.
A total of 192 people died on the roads between April 2014 and March 2015, two more than in the year before. The number of people seriously injured fell by just under five per cent.
Almost 80 per cent of people surveyed on user satisfaction said their confidence level in Police Scotland was high or very high.
The full details of the management information on recorded crime during 2014/2015 is available at Police Scotland website