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Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2014-15

Published: 8 Sep 2015 09:30
Part of:
Law and order

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Scotland's Chief Statistician today released Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2014-15.

The main findings include:

The number of crimes recorded by the police in Scotland decreased by 5 per cent, from 270,397 in 2013-14 to 256,350 in 2014-15. Recorded crime is at its lowest level since 1974.

The clear up rate for all recorded crimes decreased by 1.1 percentage points, to 50.4 percent. This is the third highest clear up rate recorded since 1976, the first year for which comparable clear up rates are available.

The number of Non-sexual crimes of violence recorded by the police decreased by 6 per cent from 6,785 in 2013-14 to 6,357 in 2014-15.

Sexual crimes have increased by 11 per cent from 8,604 in 2013-14 to 9,557 in 2014-15. The recording of these crimes is at the highest level seen since 1971, though a number will be historic crimes that occurred in earlier years.

Crimes of dishonesty (for example theft, shoplifting and housebreaking) decreased by 8 per cent from 137,324 in 2013-14 to 126,857 crimes in 2014-15. The number of Crimes of dishonesty peaked in 1991 and has been on a downwards trend ever since.

Recorded crimes of Fire-raising, vandalism etc. decreased by 4 per cent from 54,418 in 2013-14 to 52,091 in 2014-15. These crimes have been decreasing sharply since they peaked in 2006-07.

Other recorded crimes, including Drug crimes and Crimes against public justice, decreased by 11 per cent between 2013-14 and 2014-15 from 63,266 to 61,488.


  1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at:
  2. Contraventions of Scottish criminal law are divided for statistical purposes into crimes and offences. "Crime" is generally used for the more serious criminal acts; the less serious termed "offences", although the term "offence" may also be used in relation to serious breaches of criminal law. The distinction is made only for working purposes and the "seriousness" of the offence is generally related to the maximum sentence that can be imposed.
  3. Further Information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:
  4. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: