Crime and victims
Worried about crime?
Even as the number of reported crimes continues to drop, some people are still worried about crime. Here's some information that might help.
Your chances of becoming a victim of crime are the lowest they've been for 20 years – yet many people are more concerned about their personal safety than ever.
This is not completely irrational. Crimes continue to occur, and the way crime is reported in the media can be intimidating. A handful of major crimes get very heavy coverage, and this has the effect of making people feel more vulnerable. Localised problems with anti-social behaviour such as vandalism and graffiti can also make people feel less safe.
But the fact is, crime is on the decline. Take a look at the latest crime statistics. And not just on the streets. Crime on public transport is also dropping, and there are more police on trains than ever before.
We are working hard to reduce crime, and make you safer.
For more information
To learn more, follow these links:
if you've been the victim of a crime here are some groups that can help
if you belong to a vulnerable minority group here's some information addressing your particular concerns
if you'd like to find out more about what's being done in your local area to counter crime and the fear of crime contact your local authority or Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) (new window).
Fear of Crime toolkit for practitioners
If you'd like to find out more about the fear of crime itself, check out our Fear of Crime Toolkit (new window) for practitioners. It has everything from a discussion on how to measure the fear of crime to academic research on the subject, and more useful contacts and websites.