Crime information

A crime is a deliberate act or omission that causes physical or psychological harm, or damage to or loss of property, and is punishable by law.

Roughly one in ten adults in Scotland experience a crime every year, and even more people are affected by crime – family, friends and witnesses. Crime can impact people from any backgrounds, neighbourhood or ages.

There are many different types of crime, some of which are explained in more detail below.

If you are not sure if you have been a victim of crime, Victim Support Scotland can discuss your experience and help you decide whether you want to make a report to the police.

We are here to support you, whatever the crime and whenever it took place. Our service is free, confidential* and available for as long as you need us. You don’t need to report the crime to access our support.

You can learn more about how we can help by reading the stories of some of the people we’ve supported over the years.