Recorded Crime in Scotland 2012-13

Recorded Crime in Scotland for 2012-13

8. Classification of Crimes and Offences

Group 1: Non-Sexual Crimes Of Violence (Also referred to as Crimes of Violence)
Homicide - Includes:
  • Murder
  • Culpable homicide
  • -Causing death by dangerous driving
  • -Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs
  • -Causing death by careless driving
  • -Illegal driver involved in fatal accident
  • -Corporate homicide
Attempted murder and serious Assault - Includes:
  • Attempted murder
  • Serious assault
An assault is classified as serious if the victim sustained an injury resulting in detention in hospital as an in-patient or any of the following injuries whether or not he/she was detained in hospital: fractures, internal injuries, severe concussion, lacerations requiring sutures which may lead to impairment or disfigurement or any other injury which may lead to impairment or disfigurement.
Robbery - Robbery and assault with intent to rob
Other - Includes:
  • Threats and extortion
  • Cruel and unnatural treatment of children.
  • Abortion
  • Concealment of pregnancy
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, commit crime etc.
  • Abduction
  • Ill treatment of mental patients
  • Drugging
Group 2: Sexual Offences Prior to 2011-12 this group was known as Crimes of Indecency
Rape & attempted rape - Includes:
  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
Sexual assault - Includes:
  • Contact sexual assault (13-15 yr old or adult 16+)
  • Sexually coercive conduct (13-15 yr old or adult 16+)
  • Sexual offences against children under 13 years
  • Lewd and libidinous practices
Offences associated with prostitution - Includes:
  • Offences relating to prostitution
  • Soliciting services of person engaged in prostitution
  • Brothel keeping
  • Immoral traffic
  • Procuration
Other - Includes:
  • Other sexually coercive conduct
  • Other sexual offences involving 13-15 year old children
  • Taking, distribution, possession etc. of indecent photos of children
  • Incest
  • Unnatural Crimes
  • Public indecency
  • Sexual exposure
  • Other sexual offences
Group 3: Crimes Involving Dishonesty (Also referred to as Dishonesty)
Housebreaking - Includes commercial as well as domestic premises
Theft by opening a lockfast place (OLP) -
  • Theft by opening lockfast places (excl. motor vehicle)
  • OLP (excl. motor vehicle) with intent to steal
  • Attempted OLP excl. motor vehicle with intent to steal
Theft from a motor vehicle by (OLP) - Includes :
  • Theft by OLP from a motor vehicle
  • OLP with intent to steal from a motor vehicle
  • Attempted OLP with intent to steal from a motor vehicle
Theft of motor vehicle -
  • Theft of a motor vehicle & contents
  • Attempted theft of a motor vehicle
Shoplifting - Shoplifting
Other theft - Includes :
  • Theft of pedal cycles
  • Theft from a motor vehicle not elsewhere classified
Fraud - Including statutory fraud
Other - Includes:
  • Forgery
  • Reset
  • Embezzlement
  • Corruption
Group 4: Fire-Raising, Vandalism Etc.
Fire-raising - Includes:
  • Fire-raising
  • Muirburn
Vandalism, etc. - Includes:
  • Malicious mischief
  • Vandalism
  • Reckless conduct with firearms
Group 5: Other Crimes
Crimes against public justice - Includes:
  • Perjury
  • Resisting arrest
  • Bail offences (other than absconding or re-offending)
  • Wasting police time
Handling offensive weapons - Includes:
  • Possession of an offensive weapon
  • Restriction of offensive weapons
  • Having in a public place an article with a blade or point
  • Having in prison an article with a blade or point
  • Possession of a firearm in a prison
  • Possession of an offensive weapon (not elsewhere specified) in a prison
Drugs - Includes:
  • Importation of drugs
  • Production, manufacture or cultivation of drugs
  • Possession and supply of controlled drugs
  • Related money laundering offences
  • Bringing drugs into prison
Other - Includes:
  • Treason
  • Conspiracy
  • Explosives offences
  • Wrecking, piracy and hijacking
  • Crimes against public order
Group 6: Miscellaneous Offences
Common assault - Prior to 2011-12 this was known as "Minor assault" Includes:
  • Common assault
  • Common assault on an emergency worker
Breach of the peace etc. - Includes:
  • Breach of the peace
  • Threatening or abusive behaviour
  • Offence of stalking
  • Offensive behaviour at football
  • Threatening communications (Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012)
Drunkenness - Includes:
  • Drunk and disorderly
  • Drunk and incapable
  • Drunk in charge of a child
  • Drunk and attempting to enter licensed premises
  • Drunk or drinking in unlicensed premises
  • Disorderly on licensed premises
  • Drunk and attempting to enter a sports ground
  • Refusing to quit licensed premises
Other - Includes:
  • False/Hoax calls
  • Offences involving children
  • Offences involving animals/plants
  • Offences against local legislation
  • Offences involving animals/plants
  • Offences against liquor licensing laws
  • Labour laws
  • Naval military and air force laws
  • Offences against environmental legislation
  • Consumer protection acts
Group 7: Motor Vehicle Offences
Dangerous and careless driving - Prior to 1992 this was known as "Reckless and careless driving"
Driving Under the Influence - Prior to 2011-12 this was known as "Drunk driving" Includes:
  • Driving or in charge of motor vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs
  • Blood alcohol content above limit
  • Failing to provide breath, blood or urine specimens
Speeding - Includes:
  • Speeding in restricted areas
  • Other speeding offences
Unlawful use of vehicle - Includes:
  • Driving while disqualified
  • Driving without a licence
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving without a test certificate
  • Vehicle tax and registration and identification offences
Vehicle defect offences - Includes:
  • Construction and use regulations
  • Lighting offences
Other Includes:
  • Mobile phone offences
  • Seat belt offences
  • Accident offences
  • Parking offences


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