Crime: key data sources

ScotPHO Online Profiles Tool

A number of the ScotPHO profiles include indicators relating to crime and community safety. The profiles that include these indicators are for health and wellbeing, deprivation, alcohol and drugs.

Understanding Glasgow: the Glasgow Indicators Project

Understanding Glasgow: the Glasgow Indicators Project, produced by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), sets out to describe life circumstances and health in the city. A wide range of indicators and data, including crime and community safety, are included as well as profiles for neighbourhood areas in the city.

Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime

The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime is a longitudinal study of criminal offending and anti-social behaviour among young people. The study follows a single year group of approximately 4,300 young people who started secondary schools in the City of Edinburgh in 1998. The study collects information from young people, parents, schools, other agencies and from neighbourhoods.

Recorded Crime in Scotland

Annual bulletin produced by the Scottish Government presenting statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police.

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

A national survey of people's experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. There have been a series of similar surveys carried out since 1993. The survey in its current format came to an end after completion of the 2014/15 sweep. From 2016/17 the SCJS will run as a continuous survey sampling around 6000 adults each year.

Scottish Household Survey

The Scottish Household Survey is a survey of people in Scotland.  The survey provides information on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of households and individuals at national and sub-national level. It includes questions related to experience of crime, perceptions of crime and the safety of neighbourhoods.

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a consistent way. It allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation. The SIMD ranks small areas (called datazones) from most deprived (ranked 1) to least deprived (ranked 6,505). People using the SIMD will often focus on the datazones below a certain rank, for example, the 5%, 10%, 15% or 20% most deprived datazones in Scotland.  The most recent version is SIMD 2016.

Scottish Statistics ( publishes the data behind official statistics in Scotland, replacing the previous Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) system. Datasets can be explored by theme, organisation or geography, or searches for specific datasets, places, or postcodes can be conducted.