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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 1: Crimes recorded by the police, Scotland, December 2019, 2020 and 2021

Crime group December % Change since % Change since
2019 2020 2021 December 2020 December 2019
Total crimes1 19,209 18,229 16,823 -8% -12%
Non-sexual crimes of violence 723 698 734 5% 2%
Homicide etc. 6 9 4 n/r n/r
Attempted murder & serious assault 335 260 286 10% -15%
Robbery 123 125 115 -8% -7%
Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 134 128 106 -17% -21%
Other violence 125 176 223 27% 78%
Sexual crimes 968 885 1,084 22% 12%
Rape & attempted rape 175 142 171 20% -2%
Sexual assault 341 278 433 56% 27%
Crimes associated with prostitution 6 7 10 n/r n/r
Other sexual crimes 446 458 470 3% 5%
Crimes of dishonesty 8,502 7,767 7,686 -1% -10%
Housebreaking 1,019 862 767 -11% -25%
Theft by opening a lockfast place (OLP) 154 115 112 -3% -27%
Theft from a motor vehicle by OLP 200 173 126 -27% -37%
Theft of a motor vehicle 381 346 344 -1% -10%
Shoplifting 2,377 1,829 1,750 -4% -26%
Other theft 3,090 2,591 2,842 10% -8%
Fraud 905 1,497 1,494 0% 65%
Other dishonesty 376 354 251 -29% -33%
Fire-raising, vandalism etc. 3,930 3,605 3,202 -11% -19%
Fire-raising 217 181 175 -3% -19%
Vandalism etc. 3,713 3,424 3,027 -12% -18%
Other crimes 5,086 5,274 4,117 -22% -19%
Crimes against public justice 1,728 1,928 1,728 -10% 0%
Handling offensive weapons 716 656 572 -13% -20%
Not used in other criminal activity 313 326 236 -28% -25%
Used in other criminal activity 403 330 336 2% -17%
Drugs 2,627 2,677 1,796 -33% -32%
Other 15 13 21 62% 40%

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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