Violent Crime - Homicide

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, October 1, 2013


In 2012-13, there were 62 cases of homicide involving 62 victims. This represents a decrease of 31 victims from 2011-12. There were 83 persons accused of homicide in Scotland in 2012-13.

Over the last 10 years, the most common method of killing has consistently been with a sharp instrument. In 2012-13, of the 51 persons accused of homicide, for whom the alcohol and drug status was known, 71% were reported to have been drunk and/or under the influence of drugs at the time.

Number of homicide victims and accused

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Source: Justice Analytical Services HOM1 data collection

Further Information Homicide in Scotland, 2012-13