August 20, 2012

Crime in England and Wales, Quarterly First Release to March 2012

On12th July the Office for National Statistics issued the quarterly release for Crime in England and Wales, the most recent crime statistics from two different sources: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW, previously known as the British Crime Survey), and police recorded crime. It also draws on data from other sources to provide a more comprehensive picture. 

The key points are outlined below with the last indicating a decrease in police recorded violence against the person. Whilst this may seem like good news the CSEW showed no statistically significant change in the levels of violence (the apparent 7 per cent decrease was not statistically significant) based on interviews in 2011/12.

Key Points

  • Latest figures from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show no change in overall crime against adults compared with the 2010/11 survey. Crimes recorded by the police fell by 4 per cent between 2010/11 and 2011/12.
  • CSEW crime has remained at the same level in the last three years. Prior to this there were large reductions between the 1995 and 2004/05 CSEW, after which the rate of decline slowed. Police recorded crime has continued to show annual reductions since 2004/05.
  • Whilst most categories of police recorded crime fell in 2011/12 compared with 2010/11, there was a 2 per cent increase in other theft offences. This was driven principally by rises in theft of unattended property, theft from the person, bicycle theft and shoplifting.
  • Estimates over the last four years indicate an upward trend in CSEW other household theft. This category includes theft of household items which are taken from outside the dwelling (e.g. garden furniture).
  • 2011/12 police recorded crime figures for robbery fell by 2 per cent compared with the previous year. The Metropolitan Police force area showed higher levels of robbery compared with 2010/11 whilst most other police forces areas showed reductions.
  • Police recorded violence against the person decreased by 7 per cent, continuing the downward trend in recent years. More serious violent crimes such as homicide and grievous bodily harm showed marked decreases in 2011/12 compared with the previous year.

read more on the violence figures...

Click on the link (right) to read the full survey