Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: April 2024

This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

Community Safety

Summary statistics on community safety

  • Improved public perception of local crime rate since 2008-09. The public feel safer in their local communities. The SCJS found that, in 2021-22, 76% of adults thought that the local crime rate had stayed the same or reduced in the past two years. This shows an improvement from 69% in 2008-09 and 73% in 2019-20.
  • Most adults feel safe walking alone after dark. The SCJS found that over three-quarters (76%) of adults said that they felt very or fairly safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark in 2021-22, unchanged from 2019-20 but an increase from 66% in 2008-09.
  • Just under half of adults say police are doing a good or excellent job. The SCJS reported that, in 2021-22, 49% of adults said that the police in their local area were doing a good or excellent job, down from 2019-20 (55%) and 61% in 2012-13.
  • Number of fires fell 3% in the last year. In 2022-23, there were 26,825 fires in Scotland, down 3% on 2021-22 but 7% higher than in 2020-21. There were 42 fire fatalities in 2022-23, up from 40 in 2021-22 but similar to the number in most years across the last decade.
Annual number of fatal casualties in fires in Scotland, as reported by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, 2013-14 to 2022-23. Last updated October 2023. Next update due October 2024.
  • Sharp fall in emergency hospital admissions due to assault since 2013-14. In 2022-23, there were 1,600 emergency hospital admissions due to assault, including 405 due to assault with a sharp object. These were, respectively, 48% and 31% lower than in 2013-14.



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