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.