Crime: key points
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. 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 2014/15 the police recorded a total of 635,848 crimes and offences in Scotland.
2014/15 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.
Around one in seven adults (14.5%) was the victim of at least one crime.
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.
The Violence section of this website provides specific information relating to violence.
- The last major update of this section was completed in March 2016.
- The next major update is due to be carried out by end September 2017.