Antisocial offences accounted for just under a third (29%) of all offences recorded in Scotland in 2022-23. Between 2013-14 and 2022-23, the number of Antisocial offences recorded by the police decreased by 62%, this includes an 11% decrease since 2021-22 from 55,975 to 50,094 in 2022-23.
The national rate of recorded Antisocial offences decreased from 102 per 10,000 population in 2021-22 to 91 per 10,000 population in 2022-23.
The Antisocial offences group includes the following categories:
- Threatening and abusive behaviour
- Racially aggravated conduct
- Drunkenness & other disorderly conduct
- Urinating etc.
In 2022-23 of all Antisocial offences:
- Threatening and abusive behaviour accounted for the clear majority, at 87%
- Drunkenness and other disorderly conduct accounted for 8%
- Racially aggravated conduct accounted for 3%
- Urinating etc. accounted for 2%
Threatening and abusive behaviour accounts for the clear majority of antisocial offences and is discussed in more detail below.
For further information on the other Antisocial offences categories please refer to the 'Supporting documents' Excel workbook for this bulletin. This includes data on the number of offences recorded in each category (Table 2) and rates per 10,000 population (Table 4). The workbook includes an 'Introduction' sheet, with information on how to navigate the tables, alongside a 'Notes' sheet, with relevant details to assist users when reading and interpreting results.
Threatening and abusive behaviour
The Threatening and abusive behaviour category includes offences of Threatening or abusive behaviour (which account for the vast majority of the category, at 90%), Breach of the peace offences (5%) and Threatening and abusive behaviour of a retail worker (5%).
Over the ten year period from 2013-14 to 2022-23, the number of offences recorded in the Threatening and abusive behaviour category has decreased by 38%. This includes a 9% decrease in the most recent year, from 47,756 in 2021-22 to 43,644 in 2022-23.
Threatening and abusive behaviour of a retail worker is a subset of the Threatening and abusive behaviour category, which came into effect on the 24 August 2021. This was introduced by the Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Act 2021. As such, the first statistics for 2021-22 only relate to a partial year. There were 1,130 offences recorded during this time. This increased to 2,106 in 2022-23. More information on this new legislation is provided in Annex 3.
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