Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

*** SCJS interviews are not currently being carried out. Interviewing will recommence from April 2016 ***

Interviewers who act on our behalf are fully and trained, carry a copy of the survey letter and will always present ID  to reassure participants of the legitimacy of the 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.

Changes to the Survey (2016/17 onwards)

The current SCJS contract will come to an end with the completion of the 2014/15 sweep. A new survey has been procured, following a competitive procurement process. The contract has been awarded to a consortium of Ipsos MORI and NatCen Social Research, and will run from 2016/17 until 2019/20, with a possible 2 year extension. From 2016/17, the SCJS will become a continuous survey with a sample size of around 6,000 adults each year.

We are now working with the new contractor to plan and set-up the survey to allow fieldwork to begin in April 2016. An important part of this is reviewing the questionnaire to consider what questions and modules to include in the survey, to ensure that the SCJS reflects current priorities, and that it continues to meet user needs as best it can. Find out more about our questionnaire review here.

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.