Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - August 2021

Monthly data report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the justice system in Scotland, including information from Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, and Scottish Prison Service.

Incidents recorded

Weekly incident numbers have been generally lower in August 2021, compared to August 2020.

Incident levels have generally been lower in recent weeks compared to the equivalent weeks from the previous year.

Scotland entered Phase 2 of its route map on 28th May 2020. There was an increase in incidents during that week (ending Sunday 31st May). However, incident numbers remained below 2019-20 levels in the weeks that folllowed, and declined from November onwards. Scotland entered a new period of lockdown on 5th January 2021. Since then, there has been evidence of an increasing trend although levels remain generally lower than at the start of the pandemic.

Chart: Number of incidents
Line graph showing incidents recorded by Police Scotland in March 2019-August 2020, compared to March 2020-August 2021.

In the week ending 5th September:


incidents recorded

Down 4% compared to the equivalent week in 2020 (28,959 incidents)

Further information:

A full breakdown of calls & incident volumes is available from:



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