The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a large-scale social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. Findings from crime surveys in Scotland have been used by policy makers across the public sector, academia and third sector to help understand the nature of crime in Scotland, target resources and monitor the impact of initiatives since the 1980s. The results of this survey provide evidence to inform progress against the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and a range of other metrics used across the justice system.
The main aims of the SCJS are to:
- enable the Scottish population to tell us about their experiences of, and attitudes to, a range of issues related to crime, policing and the justice system, including crime not reported to the police
- provide a valid and reliable measure of adults' experience of crime, including services provided to victims of crime
- examine trends over time in the number and nature of crimes in Scotland, providing a complementary measure of crime to police recorded crime statistics
- examine the varying risk and characteristics of crime for different groups of adults in the population
The latest results are based on a sample of around 5,500 interviews that were conducted across Scotland. The sample is designed to be nationally representative of all private residential households.
The latest Scottish Crime and Justice Survey findings below are for 2018/19.
Our SCJS Interactive Data Tool provides data for some key survey questions at Police Division level. The tool is updated biennially, with the latest figures covering 2016/17 - 2017/18.
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2018/19: main findings
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2018/19: supplementary documents
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2018/19: associated data tables
Please note that you can find older results from 2014/15 and earlier in our archive of older publications.
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2017/18: main findings
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016/17: main findings
The SCJS has been suspended since the 17th March to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you wish to provide feedback on the SCJS, or to request further information, please use the contact details provided at the bottom of this page.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Crime and Justice Survey suspension and alternative data collection
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: methodological papers on response rate and survey bias
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: victim support
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data protection impact assessment
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data access
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: revisions and corrections
- Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: get involved and keep up to date
To provide any feedback on the SCJS, or to request further information, please use the following contact details:
SCJS Project Team
Area 2G North
Telephone: 0131 244 3012