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Feeling safe when alone at home - Scottish Household Survey: a data cube slice

How safe adults in Scotland feel when alone in their home at night, from the Scottish Household Survey (SHS)

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  1. All
  2. Other
  3. White
Feeling Safe
  1. Very safe
  2. Fairly safe
  3. A bit unsafe
  4. Very unsafe
  5. Don't know
  1. All
  2. Female
  3. Male
Household Type
  1. Adults
  2. All
  3. Pensioners
  4. With Children
Measure Type
  1. 95% Lower Confidence Limit, Percent
  2. 95% Upper Confidence Limit, Percent
  3. Percent
Reference Period
  1. 2013
  2. 2014
  3. 2015
  4. 2016
  5. 2017
  6. 2019
Simd Quintiles
  1. 20% most deprived
  2. 80% least deprived
  3. All
Type Of Tenure
  1. All
  2. Other
  3. Owned Mortgage/Loan
  4. Owned Outright
  5. Private Rented
  6. Social Rented
Urban Rural Classification
  1. All
  2. Rural
  3. Urban
Walking Distance To Nearest Greenspace
  1. All
  2. Don't Know
  3. Less than 10 minutes
  4. More than 10 minutes
Reference Area
(showing types of area available in these data)
  1. Countries
  2. Council Areas
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About the Dataset
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Next update due
October 2022

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) asks adults how safe they feel when they are alone in their home at night. From 2018, this question was asked in every odd year. Prior to 2018 the question was asked every year. The data reported here is representative of the adult population and is available by:

• Local Authority

• Gender of the randomly selected adult

In the 2018 SHS the gender question was revised. In previous years interviewers asked if household members were 'male' or 'female'. In the 2018 survey the options given were: 'man/boy', 'woman/girl' and two additional responses: ‘identified in another way’ and ‘refused’. In order to remain harmonised with other datasets, the previous response options 'male' and 'female' will be maintained.

• Urban/Rural Classification

• Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

• Type Of Tenure

• Household Type

• Ethnicity of the randomly selected adult

• Walking distance to nearest green or blue space

The question asking about walking distance to nearest greenspace informs the National Indicator on Access to Green and Blue Spaces. However before 2019, even though the list of spaces included riversides and beaches, the question text used the term "green or open space". In 2019 for one half of the sample this was changed slightly to "green, blue or open spaces" to check if including the word "blue" made any difference to the response given to the question about walking distance or the biennial follow-up questions asking about satisfaction with and frequency of use of nearest green or blue space. No statistically significant difference was found.

The most recent annual publication can be accessed at

The full questionnaire for each year can be accessed at:

And the survey data for the full Scottish Household Survey is available from the UK Data Service.

Confidentiality Policy

The Scottish Household Survey complies with statistical disclosure control principles and the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. It is therefore not possible to calculate how many respondents gave a certain answer based on the results of this survey.

Quality Management

Full details of the methodology and fieldwork outcomes for the Scottish Household Survey can be accessed here.

Accuracy and Reliability

Some tables include missing values. This is where the base on which percentages would be calculated is less than 50 and this data is judged to be insufficiently robust for publication.

Coherence and Comparability

The Scottish Government conducts several major population surveys that are used to inform the policy debate in Scotland and in some instances the surveys can be complementary. The Long-Term Survey Strategy 2018-2022, of which the SHS is a central element, aims to ensure that the Scottish Government’s population surveys continue to meet key information needs while maximising the analytical potential of the data they generate. A guide is available providing more information on Scotland’s surveys.

Accessibility and Clarity

A glossary of terms used in the Scottish Household Survey is available in the annual report.


The SHS is designed to provide reliable and up-to-date information on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of private households and individuals, both nationally and at a sub-national level and to examine the physical condition of Scotland’s homes. It covers a wide range of topics to allow links to be made between different policy areas.

Timeliness and Punctuality

This dataset will be updated biennially.


The Scottish Household Survey is not subject to scheduled revision. Revisions and corrections to previously published statistics are dealt with in accordance with the Scottish Government Statistician Group corporate policy statement on revisions and corrections - a copy of which is available on the Scottish Government website


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Household Type
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Feeling Safe
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Reference Area
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Reference Period
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Simd Quintiles
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Type Of Tenure
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Urban Rural Classification
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Walking Distance To Nearest Greenspace
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Measure Type
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