Crime: key points

Overall crime

The findings below are taken from the results of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS), 2014-15 (a household survey which measures adults' experience and perceptions of crime in Scotland) and police statistics. A high proportion of crimes are not reported to the police, therefore survey data combined with data collected from the police help to quantify the incidence of crime occurring across Scotland.

  • In 2015/16 the police recorded a total of 585,436 crimes and offences in Scotland.

  • 2015/16 saw the lowest level of recorded crime in Scotland since 1974.

  • The 2014/15 SCJS estimated that there were 688,000 crimes, 73% of which were property crimes involving theft or damage to personal or household property (including vehicles) and 27% of which were violent crimes of assault or robbery.

  • The overall number of crimes fell by 34% between 2008-09 and 2014-15 (SCJS).

  • Around one in seven adults (14.5%) was the victim of at least one crime (2014/15 SCJS).

  • Around 13% of adults were estimated to have been a victim of property crime and less than 3% of adults had been a victim of a violent crime (2014/15 SCJS).

The Violence section of this website provides specific information relating to violence.

Section Updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in September 2017.
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by March 2018.