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The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) began formally in 1993 and asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime in Scotland. It is an important resource for both the government and public of Scotland. The main aims of the SCJS include the provision of reliable statistics on people's experience of crime in Scotland, including services provided to victims of crime and collect information about people's experiences of, and attitudes on a range of crime and justice related issues.
GN 33330 | Scottish Crime and Justice Surveys, 1993-
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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 resource for both the government and public of Scotland. Respondents are selected at random from the Postal Address File and participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. The main aims of the SCJS are to:
An important role of the SCJS is to provide an alternative and complementary measure of crime to police recorded crime statistics.
Datasets are currently available for each survey from 1993 onwards. For a list of up-to-date datasets please refer to list of Scottish Crime Surveys under DATA ACCESS on this webpage.
In 1982 and 1988 the Crime Survey in Scotland formed part of the British Crime Survey (BCS). The Scottish data from the 1982 and 1988 BCS are held separately under SNs 4368 and 4599, as they have different access conditions to the main British Crime Survey. The Scottish part of the 1988 BCS was also known as the Scottish Areas Crime Survey.
Adults aged 16+ living in random-sampled private households in Scotland (victim form subsequently completed by those who had been a victim of crime in the reference period only).
Yes the SCJS includes information at the household, individual and ‘victim’ level.
Some modules may vary from year to year, but some core modules are included in every year of the survey.
The 2010-2011 SCJS questionnaire consisted of the following elements:
PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available among the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey. You can find a list of these surveys under DATA ACCESS on this webpage.
Yes. The SJCS comes with a number of weights that can be used for different types of analyses. See the technical reports for each survey for more information. The technical reports can be found among the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey.
The Scottish Crime Survey reports are downloadable from the Scottish Government website.
Yes, the Crime Survey for England and Wales, previously known as the British Crime Survey, collects data about crime and victimisation in England and Wales. Note that the British Crime Survey did not cover Scotland in most of its years (it was renamed from 2012 to more accurately reflect the population covered).
Using the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey for teaching
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