Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2022-23

Statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland in 2022-23, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

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Annex 4: User engagement

Scotland's recorded crime National Statistics presented in this bulletin are used by a large number of stakeholders within central government, the police and other public bodies for a variety of purposes. We continuously engage with users to gather their views on how best to ensure that these statistics remain of high value and relevant, through their capacity to support understanding of the important issues relating to crime in Scotland (alongside other complementary sources of official statistics and research).

We always welcome feedback on the content and the uses made of our statistical bulletins and users are invited to submit their comments and any suggestions to:

The standard survey for statistical products is now live. The survey provides users a way to share feedback on our publications.

If you would like to be kept informed about developments in crime statistics, we suggest registering with our ScotStat Register: Guidance.

As part of this, we ran a consultation in 2021 on behalf of the Scottish Crime Recording Board (SCRB). This focused on the production and dissemination of Scotland's recorded crime statistics, and on the possible development of new statistical products covering other types of policing activity. The consultation built on earlier engagement with users in 2019[10] and invited views on an alternative way to group and present recorded crime statistics. The full Summary of Responses to the 2021 consultation can be accessed online.

Following consideration of the responses received, along with other feedback from the associated consultation events and previous consultation, the SCRB approved a number of changes to the recorded crime statistics which were implemented for the first time in the 2021-22 bulletin. Annex 5 of the 2021-22 Recorded Crime publication provides details on these changes.

Further information on previous user consultations and uses of the statistics can be found in the User Guide.

Tell us what you think

We are always interested to hear from our users about how our statistics are used, and how they can be improved.

Please consider answering our short feedback survey on how you found this publication.

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are produced, managed and disseminated to high standards
  • are explained well

Correspondence and enquiries

For enquiries about this publication please contact:

Justice Analytical Services, e-mail:

For general enquiries about Scottish Government statistics please contact:

Office of the Chief Statistician

Telephone: 0131 244 0442, e-mail:

How to access background or source data

The data collected for this publication:

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