Justice Secretary Responds to Latest Recorded Crime Figures

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf (pictured) said:

“I welcome these figures which indicate a fall in crime.

“In particular I am pleased that people are continuing to adhere to the physical distancing requirements.

“However, we must continue to seek to protect the public and reduce opportunities generated by the current COVID-19 outbreak that some will use to exploit members of the public.

“We must also remain vigilant to the risks of harm and offending against our most vulnerable citizens, in particular those living in fear of abuse and violence in their own homes.

“I want to be absolutely clear that anyone experiencing domestic abuse in the home is not alone.

“While they may feel isolated and vulnerable, unheard and unseen, help is still available round the clock, services are open and they are there to help.

“These are tough times for everyone and ensuring people and communities across Scotland are safe and resilient is vital.

“Along with Police Scotland and other partners, we are working to achieve this.”