Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2020-2021

Statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, split by crime or offence group and by local authority. This bulletin also includes a new chapter which presents an estimate of how many cyber-crimes were recorded in Scotland during 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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1 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

2 Total may not equal the sum of individual injuries as a person may be admitted with more than one type of injury.

3 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.

4 Crime in England and Wales - Office for National Statistics (


6 HMICS | Crime Audit: 2016

7 Crime in England and Wales - Office for National Statistics (

8 Recorded crime in Scotland: 'Other sexual crimes', 2013-2014 and 2016-2017

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

10 Comparable acquisitive crime is rarer than vandalism and violent crime (estimates of acquisitive crime are based on 87 victim forms in the 2018-19 SCJS sample, compared to 116 violent crime victim forms and 251 vandalism victim forms). Consequently, there is greater uncertainty around the SCJS estimate of acquisitive crime and less power to identify significant changes over time.

11 The crime of 'minor assault' discussed here, is referred to as 'common assault' within the Recorded Crime in Scotland National Statistics.

12 Violent crime estimates are based on a relatively small number of respondents who disclosed experiences of 119 violent crimes in 2019-20.




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