Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report December 2022 edition

This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

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Summary statistics on community safety

Improved public perception of local crime rate since 2008-09. The public feel safer in their local communities. The SCJS found that, in 2019-20, 73% of adults thought that the local crime rate had stayed the same or reduced in the past two years. This shows an improvement from 69% in 2008-09 and no change since 2018-19 (73%).

Most adults feel safe walking alone after dark. The SCJS found that over three-quarters (77%) of adults said that they felt very or fairly safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark in 2019-20, unchanged from 2018-19 (78%) but an increase from 66% in 2008-09.

Most adults say police are doing a good or excellent job. The SCJS reported that, in 2019-20, 55% of adults said that the police in their local area were doing a good or excellent job, unchanged from 2018-19 (56%) but down from 61% in 2012-13.

Number of fires rose 10% in the last year. In 2021-22, there were 27,771 fires in Scotland, up 10% on 2020-21 and the second highest number in the last decade. There were 40 fire fatalities in 2021-22, the third lowest in the last decade.

No. of fatal fire casualties
Annual number of fatal casualties in fires in Scotland, as reported by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, 2012-13 to 2021-22. Last updated October 2022. Next update due October 2023.

*New* Sharp fall in emergency hospital admissions due to assault since 2012-13. In 2021-22, there were 1,819 emergency hospital admissions due to assault, including 399 due to assault with a sharp object. These were, respectively, 47% and 38% lower than in 2012-13.


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