Research and data in the Scottish Borders: Place

Neighbourhoods and community safety

Why is it important to have statistics about our neighbourhoods and community safety?

Local Authorities set their outcomes and objectives within the context of the Scottish Government National Performance framework, which states that we:

  • live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely

Scottish Borders plays its part in the National Performance Framework by working towards making our region the best place in Scotland for every Scottish Borders citizen to live, regardless of their protected characteristics . For this, we need robust information to measure how we are performing as a society and within our communities.

Scottish Borders policy framework 

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years. It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the strategic assessment.

Data on neighbourhoods and communities are central to Corporate Priority four: Empowered, vibrant communities. You can see how we are doing so far on this priority in our annual Corporate Performance Annual Report 2020-21 .

Our Neighbourhoods and Communities objectives are managed by several different Directorates and departments within our organisation. Services to communities and neighbourhoods are very broad and include community planning and engagement, support for Area Partnerships and Community Councils, and our partnership with Live Borders.

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform our neighbourhoods and communities development, across a wide range of topic areas:

Community safety: recorded crimes against the person

  • crime rates and clear-up rates
  • violent sexual crime
  • violent non-sexual crime
  • domestic abuse
  • drugs and weapons offences
  • crimes of theft and dishonesty

Community safety: crimes against property and the neighbourhood

  • fire-raising
  • vandalism and criminal damage

Community safety: perceptions of crime

  • feeling safe walking home at night by age group and gender
  • perception of crime in the neighbourhood by age group and gender

Community safety: road safety

  • serious and fatal road traffic accidents by broad age group
  • motor vehicle-related crime

Making use of the outdoors

  • leisure cycling and cycle ownership
  • waling for pleasure
  • distance to blue and green spaces
  • SNH protected sites

Built environment

  • listed buildings
  • gardens and designed landscapes
  • conservation areas
  • scheduled monuments
  • properties in care
  • Historic Landuse Assessment

Community empowerment and social cohesion

  • number of community bodies, parcels and assets in community ownership
  • sense of belonging in the community
  • perception of support and reliability of neighbours
  • satisfaction of neighbourhood and quality of life in community
  • perception of change in the neighbourhood
  • erception of discrimination in neighbourhood

Participation in voluntary work

  • number and rate of people who volunteer by age, frequency and type of activity

Several questions in the Scottish Surveys Core Questions relate to neighbourhood and community safety topics.

Official statistics are available on these topics, sometimes at a choice of different levels of geographical detail. If you would like help to explore what statistics there are for your area, perhaps to create an area profile or evidence base for a funding application in Scottish Borders, contact the Research and Information team.