The aim of our audit was to assess the state, efficiency and effectiveness of crime recording by Police Scotland and the extent to which practice complies with the Scottish Crime Recording Standard and Counting Rules. We also assessed arrangements for the management, governance and internal auditing of crime recording. This audit follows similar audits of crime recording carried out by HMICS in 2013 and 2014.
The results of our Crime Audit 2016 will provide the public and key stakeholders with up-to-date information on which to base their assessment of the accuracy of crime statistics and will highlight to Police Scotland areas of good practice as well as areas for improvement. Through our audit, we also sought to assess the extent to which previous recommendations regarding crime recording have been implemented by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. Our audit also seeks to address the need for comprehensive, independent audits of crime data as highlighted by the UK Statistics Authority.
We tested the accuracy of crime recording by auditing incident and crime records. We examined over 6,000 incidents and 5,000 crimes. We examined records in five categories: sexual crime; violence; damage; non-crime related incidents; and no-crimes.