The Scottish Victimisation Telephone Survey (SVTS) 2020 is a social survey that asked people about their experiences and perceptions of crime, safety, and policing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results, which have now been published, are based on a sample of around 2,700 telephone interviews conducted in September and October 2020. The survey is designed to be nationally representative of all private residential households in Scotland.
Key highlights from survey results:
There were an estimated 445,000 incidents of crime experienced by adults in Scotland between September 2019 and September 2020, including incidents not reported to the police.
It is estimated that around two-thirds (67%) of all crime measured by the SVTS was property-related, with the remaining third (33%) being violent crime.
An estimated 41% of crimes reported in the survey came to the attention of the police in some way.
It is estimated that approximately three-in-five (61%) crimes occurred before the start of the UK’s first national lockdown on the 23rd March 2020, and two-in-five (39%) occurred after that point. This suggests that crime fell significantly since the start of the UK’s first national lockdown (by around 35%).