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Recorded Crime in Scotland: December 2021

A document outlining the crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland during the month of December 2021.

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Table 4: Crimes recorded by the police, Scotland, April to December 2019, 2020 and 2021

Crime group April to December 2019 April to December 2020 April to December 2021 % Change since 2020 % Change since 2019
Total crimes1 187,513 176,562 169,705 -4% -9%
Non-sexual crimes of violence 7,191 6,677 7,429 11% 3%
Homicide etc. 94 75 65 -13% -31%
Attempted murder & serious assault 3,260 2,681 2,763 3% -15%
Robbery 1,279 1,300 1,249 -4% -2%
Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 1,300 1,167 1,223 5% -6%
Other violence 1,258 1,454 2,129 46% 69%
Sexual crimes 10,159 9,469 10,945 16% 8%
Rape & attempted rape 1,849 1,676 1,857 11% 0%
Sexual assault 3,803 2,989 3,900 30% 3%
Crimes associated with prostitution 71 36 63 75% -11%
Other sexual crimes 4,436 4,768 5,125 7% 16%
Crimes of dishonesty 83,717 72,804 71,720 -1% -14%
Housebreaking 9,524 7,906 6,541 -17% -31%
Theft by opening a lockfast place (OLP) 1,328 941 927 -1% -30%
Theft from a motor vehicle by OLP 2,065 1,681 1,476 -12% -29%
Theft of a motor vehicle 3,694 3,372 3,339 -1% -10%
Shoplifting 23,715 16,125 16,688 3% -30%
Other theft 31,933 26,180 26,521 1% -17%
Fraud 7,879 12,907 13,275 3% 68%
Other dishonesty 3,579 3,692 2,953 -20% -17%
Fire-raising, vandalism etc. 36,649 32,760 33,216 1% -9%
Fire-raising 2,092 2,033 2,036 0% -3%
Vandalism etc. 34,557 30,727 31,180 1% -10%
Other crimes 49,797 54,852 46,395 -15% -7%
Crimes against public justice 14,720 19,368 17,514 -10% 19%
Handling offensive weapons 7,413 7,875 7,498 -5% 1%
Not used in other criminal activity 3,408 3,639 3,217 -12% -6%
Used in other criminal activity 4,005 4,236 4,281 1% 7%
Drugs 27,503 27,481 21,250 -23% -23%
Other 161 128 133 4% -17%

1. The total figure for recorded crime excludes the new crimes being recorded under the recently enacted coronavirus legislation. Please see the Crimes recorded under coronavirus legislation section for more information.

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