Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

The SCJS is a large-scale social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime. The survey is important because it provides a picture of crime in Scotland, including crimes that haven’t been reported to, or recorded by the police.

An important role of the SCJS is to provide an alternative and complementary measure of crime to the police recorded crime statistics, which provide statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland. The findings from the SCJS are used by policy makers across the public sector in Scotland to help understand the nature of crime in Scotland, target resources and monitor the impact of initiatives to target crime.

Have a look at our video on YouTube or Vimeo for an introduction to the survey, and the information that's available on this webpage.

Fieldwork for the 2014/15 SCJS is currently underway and will finish in Spring 2015. If you have been selected to take part, you can find out some more information in our Interviewee Information section.

SCJS Infographic


The results of the 2012/13 survey are now published:

The SCJS 2012/13 Main Findings report was published on Friday 7 March, 2014.

The SCJS 2012/13: Drug Use report was published on Tuesday 24 June, 2014.

The SCJS 2012/13: Partner Abuse report was published on Wednesday 25 June, 2014.

The SCJS 2012/13: Sexual Victimisation & Stalking report was published on Wednesday 25 June, 2014.