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Scotland has become a safer place, with recorded crime at its lowest level since 1974.

We are increasingly focusing our efforts on prevention and are working with partners to target the underlying causes of crime, including poverty and inequality.


We are taking action to prevent and tackle a range of crimes including:

We are also:


Justice in Scotland: vision and priorities (2017 to 2020) sets out our strategy to create safer, just and more resilient communities.

It was published alongside a justice delivery plan for 2017 to 2018.

Related information


Email: ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Post: Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Victoria Quay