The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey ( SCJS)
The crime survey in Scotland was conducted as part of the British Crime Survey in 1982 and 1988. From 1993 to 2003 a Scotland specific survey was conducted under the title 'Scottish Crime Survey' ( SCS) and then as the 'Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey'( SCVS) in 2004 and 2006. After 2008 the crime survey in Scotland ran continuously under the title 'Scottish Crime and Justice Survey' ( SCJS) with a larger sample size. Data will be available biennially from November 2011. Each survey report provides more detail about the recall periods:
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey ( SCJS)
Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey ( SCVS)
Scottish Crime Survey ( SCS)
The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey is designated as a National Statistic.
Overall victimisation rates for personal and household crime as measured by the SCJS are available annually from September 2009. Reports are available from the publications section of the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/Recent. The SCJS dataset will be held on the UK Data Archive http://www.data-archive.ac.uk
Scotland's crime survey, the SCJS, measures crime by interviewing a representative sample of Scotland's population about their experiences of crime in the past year. The survey includes crime reported and not reported to the police (and therefore will not be in the crime statistics recorded by the police), providing a more accurate estimate of the extent of victimisation in Scotland of crimes covered by the survey.
The SCJS uses a pre-selected sample which aims to be representative of households in Scotland and at Police Force Area level and at Community Justice Authority level. The target sample (from 2010/11) is 13,000 interviews per annum and interviews are conducted face-to-face using CAPI (
Computer Assisted Personal Interview) and CASI (Computer-Assisted Self Interview) for sensitive topics.
Estimates of the prevalence of victimisation will be produced using weighted analysis of survey data, along with 95% confidence intervals to give indications of the accuracy of the estimates.
Full details are available in the SCJS Technical Report, available from the publications section of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey website:
Estimates for time periods before 2008/09 are not directly comparable to figures from 2008/09 forwards due to the change to continuous fieldwork sampling as opposed to sampling at fixed intervals.
Data on past trends are drawn from a number of Scottish Crime Surveys. For 1992- 2003, data on victimisation was collected from respondents who were asked to think about their experiences in the previous calendar year.
For 2004-6, data on victimisation was collected from respondents who were asked to think about their experiences in the previous financial year.