Official statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for January 2021 have been published. The number of crimes recorded by the police in Scotland was 12% lower in January 2021 than in January 2020.

Over the same time period:

  • Non-sexual crimes of violence were 9% lower
  • Sexual crimes were 22% lower
  • Crimes of dishonesty were 21% lower
  • Fire-raising, vandalism¬†etc.¬†was 20% lower
  • Other crimes were 15% higher
  • Fewer crimes were recorded by the police in 24 (75%) out of 32 local authorities.