Today sees the publication of the latest figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) – a national study that aims to overcome some of the limitations of the police-recorded crime statistics in Scotland. Crime surveys are now such a familiar part of the statistical landscape in the UK that it’s easy to forget that they are a relatively recent innovation. In fact, it’s only just over 30 years since the first British Crime Survey was carried out (in both Scotland and England & Wales), following pioneering work by SCPR (the forerunner to NatCen), led by the late Douglas Wood.

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