Have you heard of a confiscation order? It's where the Crown office takes money off criminals. I don't mean money that criminals pay to bribe Procurator Fiscals - that's another thing - I mean money which the criminals earned from their crimes which the Crown office confiscates.
We already know that crime has been on the increase so it would be fair to conclude that Crown office confiscation orders are on the increase too, right?
Eh, no, they're not.
In fact confiscation orders are down nearly quarter of a million quid in the last year - while crime is up.
An unnamed spokesman for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service told the Evening Express that “The value of confiscation orders will naturally vary year on year which is not unexpected and such fluctuations should not be used as a measure of success in tackling those who would seek to benefit from crime".
And I'm reliably informed that the unnamed spokesman said it with a straight face...