in England and Wales 2004/2005
Sian Nicholas, David Povey, Alison Walker and Chris Kershaw
is the fourth report in an annual publication that combines the
reporting of police recorded crime
and the British Crime Survey (BCS) results.
The police recorded and BCS figures are a complementary series
that together provide a better picture of crime than could be
obtained from either series alone.
police recorded crime reports on the financial year 2004/05.
Police statistics provide a good measure of trends in well-reported
crimes, are an important indicator of police workload, and
can be used for local crime pattern analysis.
||BCS results are based on interviews
conducted in the financial year 2004/05.
For the crime types it covers, the BCS can provide a better
reflection of the true extent of crime because it includes
crimes that are not reported to the police. The BCS count
also gives a better indication of trends in crime over time
because it is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting
to the police, and in police recording practices.
Structure of the report
The report begins with a summary of the significant findings.
Chapter 1 provides background information on the BCS and police
recorded crime statistics. Chapter 2 comments on the level of
crime in England and Wales and Chapter 3 provides information
on victims' reporting of crime to the police and recording of
crime by the police. Chapters 4 and 5 provide a broader analysis
of property crime, vehicle crime and violent crime. Chapter 6
provides information on the pattern of crime across England and
Wales. Chapter 7 provides information on detections, and discusses
some of the issues around the interpretation of those statistics.
Volume (pdf, 1mb)
for quicker download, the publication is also available in four
1-3 (pdf, 436kb)
4-6 (pdf, 468kb)
7 (pdf, 136kb)
Statistical tables from the chapters are available in Excel format:
2 tables (180kb)
3 tables (72kb)
4 tables (88kb)
5 tables (72kb)
6 tables (196kb)
7 tables (148kb)
An additional version of Table 2.01 (with additional BCS years)
is available: Excel
Additional tables reporting statistics for individual Crime and
Disorder Reduction Partnerships and Basic Command Units are available:
Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships - Recorded Crime for
Key Offences 2003/04 to 2004/05 Excel
Basic Command Unit - Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2003/04 to
Basic Command Unit - Detections for Key Offences 2003/04 to 2004/05
area recorded crime dataÊ
at middle super output area for 2004/05 for selected
police force areas can be found on the Neighbourhood Statistics
ToÊmost easily access this,
click on the links for statistics from the following police force
and the Metropolitan
Police and then select a specific district.
Regional factsheets accompany the main volume. They summarise
the main recorded crime statistics and British Crime Survey findings
for each of the Government Office Regions in England and for Wales
and Humberside Region
of England Region
for a summary of recorded crime data from 1898 to 2001/02 (excel
for a summary of recorded crime data from 2002/03 to 2006/07 (excel format)
A technical report providing more information about the adjustments
that were used in making comparisons between the BCS and recorded
crime data is available (pdf):
Comparing BCS and police counts of crime 2004-2005
British Crime Survey (England and Wales) Technical Report Volume
in England and Wales 2004/05: Supplementary Tables: Nature of
burglary, vehicle and violent crime
Crime Overview, Homicide and Gun Crime 2004/2005 2nd
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