Recorded Crime in Scotland: January 2022

A bulletin describing the level of recorded crimes and offences in Scotland during the month of January 2022.

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Crimes recorded under coronavirus legislation

It is important to note that these Official Statistics currently exclude crimes recorded under coronavirus legislation such as the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. These were implemented on 25th March and 27th March 2020, respectively, and resulted in new crimes being recorded - for example where someone, who had left the place they were living, did not have a reasonable excuse for this when asked by a police officer, and failed to comply with police advice or instruction to return there.

Given the rapid pace of these changes, Police Scotland have used an interim and bespoke data collection to capture information on the number of new crimes recorded under the coronavirus legislation. This is why figures for this legislation are currently presented separately to the overall totals provided for recorded crime in this bulletin. The bespoke data collection suggests that there were six such crimes recorded during January 2022, down from 11 in the previous month and the joint second lowest figure across the pandemic (see Table A below). Users should treat these figures as broadly indicative, and may be subject to further revision in future releases. The 2020-21 annual National Statistics included this activity within the overall crime total for Scotland (up to March 2021). The equivalent activity from April 2021 onwards will be reflected in the 2021-22 publication.

Table A: Number of crimes recorded under coronavirus legislation, April 2020 to January 2022

Month: Number of crimes recorded


  • April: 2,741  
  • May: 1,654  
  • June: 219  
  • July: 17  
  • August: 21  
  • September: 189  
  • October: 588  
  • November: 1,811  
  • December: 1,540


  • January: 3,473  
  • February: 4,199  
  • March: 3,573  
  • April: 2,221  
  • May: 1,434  
  • June: 163  
  • July : 45  
  • August:   10  
  • September: 6  
  • October: 8  
  • November: 2  
  • December: 11


  • January: 6



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