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Number of burglary offences in Scotland 2002-2019

There were approximately 13.7 thousand burglary offences recorded in Scotland in 2017/18, a decline of around 9 percent when compared with the previous reporting year. In Scotland, this type of crime is officially referred to as 'theft by housebreaking' with the term 'burglary' more popular, but not in official use.

Number of burglary offences recorded in Scotland from 2002/03 to 2018/19 (in 1,000s)*

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

2002 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* In Scots law, the term 'burglary' has no meaning although in popular usage it has come to mean breaking into a house in order to steal the contents. Scots law refers to this as 'theft by housebreaking'.

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