The Home Office Counting Rules provide a national standard for
the recording and counting of notifiable offences recorded by
police forces in England and Wales (known as ’recorded crime’).
The Rules were revised to take account of the National Crime Recording
Standard (NCRS) which was adopted on 1 April 2002 with the aim
of recording crime in a more victim-focused way and maintaining
greater consistency between police forces in the recording of
Ongoing consultation on the formulation and development of the
policy on crime recording is provided through working groups comprising
members of RDS, police force regional representatives and representatives
of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Her Majesty's
Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the Crown Prosecution
Rules (pdf 280k) apply across all types of recorded crime
and include legal definitions and examples of how crime is recorded
and detected. The National
Crime Recording Standard (pdf 116K) is included as an annex to the General Rules.
of recorded crime
The Counting Rules are applied across nine categories of recorded
crime. Download any of the categories below for a breakdown of
the offences in each and explanations of how they are classified.