Publication - Statistics

Recorded crime in Scotland 2017-2018

Published: 25 Sep 2018
Directorate:
Safer Communities Directorate
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781787812376

This bulletin presents statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, disaggregated by crime/offence group and by local authority.

Recorded crime in Scotland 2017-2018
Footnotes

Footnotes

1 Population estimates are as at mid-year 2017 from the National Records of Scotland (http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/population-estimates/mid-year-population-estimates).

2 Correct closure means either that (a) the incident was closed as non-crime related and contained sufficient information to dispel any inference of criminality; or (b) the incident indicated a crime had occurred and a crime record was traced

3 However, it should also be noted that bringing the two sources together in this way highlights that the SCJS and police recorded crime cover different populations and different timescales, and the SCJS does not cover the entire range of crimes and offences that the police are faced with.

4 Subsuming refers to the practice of counting multiple crimes as one crime, with less serious crimes subsumed within more serious crimes. For more information, please refer to Section D of the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS).

5 Incidents consist of all reports to the police, whether a crime is recorded or not.

6 Although the crime of Lewd and libidinous practices does not identify the age of the victim by its name, this crime code is specific to victims of historical (non-recent) crimes that were under 16 years of age. We have therefore included these crimes in our calculations.

7 Incidents consist of all reports to the police, whether a crime is recorded or not.

8 Incidents consist of all reports to the police, whether a crime is recorded or not.

9 Subsuming refers to the practice of counting multiple crimes as one crime, with less serious crimes subsumed within more serious crimes. For more information, please refer to Section D of the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS).

10 Incidents consist of all reports to the police, whether a crime is recorded or not.

11 In 2017-18, for the first time, the number of handling offensive weapons that occurred within a school are separately identifiable within the statistics.

12 Information about crime in Scotland is also available from other sources: for example, other Scottish Government reports, which provide data on anti-social behavior, harassment and discrimination, the Scottish Household Survey, and other sources, such as Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

13 Figures for the confidence interval rounded to nearest thousand.

14 Figures for the confidence interval rounded to nearest thousand.

15 Subject to the back-dated change whereby Crimes related to Communications Act 2003 (sexual) has been moved from Group 6 to Group 2. See ‘Data Considerations’ section.

16 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubRecordedCrime/SCRB

17 Subsuming refers to the practice of counting multiple crimes as one crime, with less serious crimes subsumed within more serious crimes. For more information, please refer to Section D of the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS).