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Recorded Crime in Scotland: January 2021

Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for January 2021.

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Recorded Crime in Scotland: January 2021
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Table 1: Crimes recorded by the police, Scotland, January 2020 and January 2021

Table 2: Offences recorded by the police, Scotland, January 2020 and January 2021

Table 3: Crimes recorded by the police by local authority, Scotland, January 2020 and January 2021

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

Table 5: Offences recorded by the police, Scotland, April 2019 to January 2020 and April 2020 to January 2021

Notes for these tables

  • The symbol 'n/r' is used to denote where a percentage change figure is not reported. This is done if the denominator is less than ten as any resulting figure may be misleading.
  • Please note that tables 1, 2, 4 and 5 can be accessed at local authority level online via the following link: Recorded crime in Scotland: January 2021
Table 1: Crimes recorded by the police, Scotland, January 2020 and January 2021
January % Change since
Crime group 2020 2021 January 2020
Total crimes1 19,054 16,813 -12%
Non-sexual crimes of violence 736 672 -9%
Homicide etc. 13 3 -77%
Attempted murder & serious assault 291 216 -26%
Robbery 149 110 -26%
Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 153 124 -19%
Other violence 130 219 68%
Sexual crimes 1,107 861 -22%
Rape & attempted rape 174 145 -17%
Sexual assault 405 259 -36%
Crimes associated with prostitution 3 3 n/r
Other sexual crimes 525 454 -14%
Crimes of dishonesty 8,658 6,811 -21%
Housebreaking 1,142 717 -37%
Theft by opening a lockfast place (OLP) 153 69 -55%
Theft from a motor vehicle by OLP 311 131 -58%
Theft of a motor vehicle 414 349 -16%
Shoplifting 2,205 1,366 -38%
Other theft 3,054 2,292 -25%
Fraud 969 1,555 60%
Other dishonesty 410 332 -19%
Fire-raising, vandalism etc. 3,964 3,176 -20%
Fire-raising 179 174 -3%
Vandalism etc. 3,785 3,002 -21%
Other crimes 4,589 5,293 15%
Crimes against public justice 1,535 2,029 32%
Handling offensive weapons 712 626 -12%
Not used in other criminal activity 355 307 -14%
Used in other criminal activity 357 319 -11%
Drugs 2,330 2,628 13%
Other 12 10 -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.

Table 2: Offences recorded by the police, Scotland, January 2020 and January 2021
January % Change since
Crime group 2020 2021 January 2020
Total offences1 19,758 16,626 -16%
Miscellaneous offences 9,541 8,443 -12%
Common assault 4,381 3,723 -15%
Breach of the peace etc. 3,748 3,381 -10%
Drunkenness and other disorderly conduct 242 160 -34%
Urinating etc. 141 20 -86%
Other miscellaneous offences 1,029 1,159 13%
Motor vehicle offences 10,217 8,183 -20%
Dangerous and careless driving 948 774 -18%
Driving under the influence 562 599 7%
Speeding 2,369 1,336 -44%
Unlawful use of vehicle 3,546 3,496 -1%
Vehicle defect offences 614 444 -28%
Seat belt offences 119 66 -45%
Mobile phone offences 128 57 -55%
Other motor vehicle offences 1,931 1,411 -27%
Table 3: Crimes recorded by the police by local authority, Scotland, January 2020 and January 2021
January Change since
2020 2021 January 2020
Aberdeen City 904 888 -2%
Aberdeenshire 517 520 1%
Angus 231 272 18%
Argyll & Bute 162 149 -8%
Clackmannanshire 180 177 -2%
Dumfries & Galloway 536 435 -19%
Dundee City 753 697 -7%
East Ayrshire 412 381 -8%
East Dunbartonshire 283 191 -33%
East Lothian 304 300 -1%
East Renfrewshire 162 133 -18%
Edinburgh City 2,475 1,949 -21%
Falkirk 525 514 -2%
Fife 1,079 1,012 -6%
Glasgow City 3,198 2,481 -22%
Highland 580 475 -18%
Inverclyde 305 269 -12%
Midlothian 310 286 -8%
Moray 198 200 1%
Na h-Eileanan Siar 27 42 56%
North Ayrshire 502 441 -12%
North Lanarkshire 1,361 1,213 -11%
Orkney Islands 27 32 19%
Perth & Kinross 311 337 8%
Renfrewshire 679 605 -11%
Scottish Borders 281 274 -2%
Shetland Islands 38 20 -47%
South Ayrshire 326 351 8%
South Lanarkshire 1,125 1,018 -10%
Stirling 222 258 16%
West Dunbartonshire 371 331 -11%
West Lothian 670 562 -16%
Scotland1 19,054 16,813 -12%

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.

Table 4: Crimes recorded by the police, Scotland, April 2019 to January 2020 and April 2020 to January 2021
Crime group April 2019 to January 2020 April 2020 to January 2021 % Change since previous year
Total crimes1 206,567 193,375 -6%
Non-sexual crimes of violence 7,927 7,349 -7%
Homicide etc. 107 78 -27%
Attempted murder & serious assault 3,551 2,897 -18%
Robbery 1,428 1,410 -1%
Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 1,453 1,291 -11%
Other violence 1,388 1,673 21%
Sexual crimes 11,266 10,330 -8%
Rape & attempted rape 2,023 1,821 -10%
Sexual assault 4,208 3,248 -23%
Crimes associated with prostitution 74 39 -47%
Other sexual crimes 4,961 5,222 5%
Crimes of dishonesty 92,375 79,615 -14%
Housebreaking 10,666 8,623 -19%
Theft by opening a lockfast place (OLP) 1,481 1,010 -32%
Theft from a motor vehicle by OLP 2,376 1,812 -24%
Theft of a motor vehicle 4,108 3,721 -9%
Shoplifting 25,920 17,491 -33%
Other theft 34,987 28,472 -19%
Fraud 8,848 14,462 63%
Other dishonesty 3,989 4,024 1%
Fire-raising, vandalism etc. 40,613 35,936 -12%
Fire-raising 2,271 2,207 -3%
Vandalism etc. 38,342 33,729 -12%
Other crimes 54,386 60,145 11%
Crimes against public justice 16,255 21,397 32%
Handling offensive weapons 8,125 8,501 5%
Not used in other criminal activity 3,763 3,946 5%
Used in other criminal activity 4,362 4,555 4%
Drugs 29,833 30,109 1%
Other 173 138 -20%

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.

Table 5: Offences recorded by the police, Scotland, April 2019 to January 2020 and April 2020 to January 2021
Crime group April 2019 to January 2020 April 2020 to January 2021 % Change since previous year
Total offences1 211,797 196,593 -7%
Miscellaneous offences 109,389 105,185 -4%
Common assault 48,855 43,835 -10%
Breach of the peace etc. 42,910 42,404 -1%
Drunkenness and other disorderly conduct 4,682 4,890 4%
Urinating etc. 1,963 737 -62%
Other miscellaneous offences 10,979 13,319 21%
Motor vehicle offences 102,408 91,408 -11%
Dangerous and careless driving 9,721 9,444 -3%
Driving under the influence 5,488 6,960 27%
Speeding 24,670 17,486 -29%
Unlawful use of vehicle 32,520 33,160 2%
Vehicle defect offences 5,892 5,257 -11%
Seat belt offences 2,381 1,448 -39%
Mobile phone offences 2,015 1,361 -32%
Other motor vehicle offences 19,721 16,292 -17%

Contact

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