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Data Sources and Suitability

The purpose of this section is to provide information on the data sources which are commonly used in the field of Crime and Justice. The aim is to give users valuable sources of information and draw attention to any interesting aspects or peculiarities they contain so that future utilisation of the data is well-informed. Information is also provided as to the geographic levels at which the data is available for each source. Currently, this page covers only some of the data sources within Crime and Justice but will be expanded in the future.

Statement of Administrative Sources

A Statement of Administrative Sources is available, which covers:

  • Administrative systems used to produce official statistics
  • Information about administrative sources not currently being used but with the potential to be so used
  • Arrangements in place to provide statistical staff with appropriate access to such sources
  • Arrangements to take account of changes to administrative data source systems
  • Auditing the quality of the administrative data used for statistical purposes
  • Ensuring the security of the resultant statistical processes.

This document is available here:

Statement of Administrative Sources for police statistics

Scottish Crime Recording Standard - Crime Recording and Scottish Government Counting Rules

Counting Rules for Recorded Crime

The Counting Rules provide a national standard for the recording and counting of crimes and offences recorded by Police Scotland, known as 'recorded crime'. The Rules were devised to take account of the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS) which was introduced on 1 April 2004 with the aim of providing a more victim orientated approach to the recording of crime and ensuring uniformity in crime recording standards across Scotland.

The Scottish Crime Recording Standard is published by Police Scotland in the 'Our Performance' section of their website under Related Documents and can be accessed here.

The crimes and offences data included in the following statistical bulletins are recorded according to the Scottish Crime Recording Standard:

Charge Codes

The detailed lists of Charge Codes as approved by the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service can be found below:

This file is updated monthly.

Impact of Legislation Changes on Comparability

The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 was implemented on 1 December 2010. Due to the introduction of the Act the comparability of Sexual crimes over time has been affected. Further details regarding this can be found in the Note on comparability of Sexual crimes data.