The overall level of crime in Scotland and the likelihood of being a victim in 2016/17 have both fallen compared to 2008/09, according to newly published figures from Scotland’s Chief Statistician

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) 2016-17 gives an in-depth insight into the extent and prevalence of crime in Scotland over the year. It shows that:

The survey also revealed that most adults (86.6%) experienced no crime in 2016/17. The SCJS estimates that the proportion of adults experiencing crime has fallen from around one in five in 2008/09 (20.4%), to fewer than one in seven in 2016/17 (13.4%). In 2016/17, 11.5% of adults were estimated to have been a victim of property crime and 2.9% of adults a victim of violent crime.

The likelihood of being a victim of any crime in 2016/17 was apparently higher amongst younger adults (aged 16-24), those living in the most deprived areas and adults living in urban areas. This pattern was also found across both property and violent crime categories.

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