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Recorded Crime in Scotland – April 2021

This Official Statistics bulletin presents information on the number of crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland during April 2021. It also includes a comparison with the equivalent month of the previous two years.

The police in Scotland recorded 19,347 crimes in April 2021. This was 13% higher than the 17,171 crimes recorded in the same month of 2020 (when the first pandemic lockdown was in place).

In April 2021:

  • Non-sexual crimes of violence were 13% higher compared to April 2020
  • Sexual crimes were 45% higher compared to April 2020
  • Crimes of dishonesty were 7% higher than April 2020
  • Fire-raising, vandalism etc. was 18% higher than April 2020
  • Other crimes were 13% higher compared to April 2020
  • More crimes were recorded by police in 27 (84%) out of 32 local authorities, compared to April 2020.

Recorded Crime in Scotland: April 2021 – (