Safety & Well-Being

Acceptance and a Friendly Nation

Scottish people are famous across the world for their warmth and hospitality. So many people – either those thousands who come to live here permanently or the 2.5 million visitors who travel to Scotland every year – speak of the genuine friendliness of the Scottish people. Nearly three quarters of international visitors have said that one of their primary reasons for visiting Scotland is its people. 

Scottish people have a strong national identity, but this doesn’t stop them from welcoming in new cultures and people. Historically, Scotland has a long tradition of embracing new cultures and traditions.

Modern Scotland is a rich and diverse country which sees many different cultures and religions from across the world living in harmony together. Scottish people hold equality, tolerance and social justice in high esteem, and there’s really nothing more important to Scots than simply getting along and having a good time. 

Safety in Scotland

Scotland is a safe and supportive place to for you and your family to live. Our dedicated police force work with communities to tackle crime and our government is committed to making Scotland safer. In the event of an emergency, dial 999 from any phone anywhere in Scotland to get help. This free service connects you to ambulances, fire and rescue, and the police. You can also dial the free European emergency number 112 everywhere in the European Union (EU) for help during a crisis.

For non-emergency crimes, there is a dedicated number. Call 101 to report crimes such as car theft, damage to property or suspected drug use. Your call will be directed to your nearest available police station. Calls cost 15p from both landlines and mobiles.