Scottish Crime and Justice Survey

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey people walking

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. The survey is an important public resource and for the government of Scotland. Respondents are selected at random from the Postal Address File and participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.

The survey involves interviewing a randomly selected adult in 12,000 households across Scotland per year. The findings from the SCJS will be used by policy makers across the public sector in Scotland to help understand the nature of crime in Scotland, target resources and monitor the impact of initiatives to target crime.

Fieldwork for the SCJS 2012/13 was completed in March 2013. The next sweep of fieldwork will take place for SCJS 2014/15 between April 2014 and March 2015.

Publication Date

The SCJS 2012/13 Main Findings report was published on Friday 7 March 2014.

Survey Background

The main aims of the SCJS are to:

  • Provide reliable statistics on peoples experience of crime, including services provided to victims of crime
  • Assess the varying risk of crime for different groups of people in the population
  • Examine trends in the level and nature of crime in Scotland over time
  • Collect information about people's experiences of, and attitudes on a range of crime and justice related issues

An important role of the SCJS is to provide an alternative and complementary measure of crime to the police recorded crime statistics, which provide statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the eight Scottish police forces.

Home Security Phonecalls

It has been brought to our attention that some companies who sell home alarm systems sometimes phone members of the public claiming that they are from a crime survey. The SCJS does not telephone people before they are interviewed and does not ask about home security systems. We recommend that if you receive such a call, you do not disclose information about your home security and that you report the call to your local trading standards service or Consumer Direct (08454 040506).