On 22 May 2014, a ScotStat notice informed users that "Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2013-14" would be published in October 2014, to allow quality assurance, analysis and report writing to take place over the summer.
Users will also be aware, from the ScotStat notice issued on 26 September 2014, that the UK Statistics Authority has published an assessment report on Recorded Crime in Scotland and that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) were conducting a crime recording audit.
It is important that the results from the forthcoming HMICS Crime Audit report are reflected in the analysis and presentation of the "Recorded Crime in Scotland" bulletin, to ensure we can most clearly interpret and explain the data and its associated quality reporting. The HMICS Crime Audit report is due to be published in mid November 2014.
The statistical bulletin "Recorded Crime in Scotland 2013-14" will not now be published until after mid November 2014.
Upon publication of the HMICS Crime Audit report, an assessment will be made on the time needed to incorporate these findings into the "Recorded Crime in Scotland" bulletin. An exact publication date for “Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2013-14” will be announced following this exercise.