Police dispute crime hike claims
Strathclyde Police said the new figures showed more convictions were being secured by the authorities.
New crime figures suggest serious and violent crime is on the rise in Scotland.
The Strathclyde area recorded its highest level of crime for the last ten years. Fife and the Lothians also showed a hike in the number of offences.
In Strathclyde, murders increased from 73 in 2006/07 to 83 in 2007/08, whilst attempted murders rose from 751 to 912. Over the same period, indecent assaults went up from 27 to 57.
However, Strathclyde Police claim the figures were "positive", as they showed police actions were leading to more convictions.
Chief Superintendant Campbell Corrigan said: "I think we need to be clear on what those figures are. They're about convictions: people going to court, being prosecuted. Those are positive figures. Those are where we've been highly effective in taking people through the system and getting the right result for victims.
"In terms of actual violent crime itself in Strathclyde, that's dropped by 4.6 per cent."
Lothian and Borders saw serious assaults and attempted murder surge by 35 per cent, whilst in Fife, the same offences increased by 31 per cent.
In 2008, Strathclyde Police, along with every Scottish police force, reported overall reductions in crime.