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Crime in England and Wales 2007/2008

Crime in England and Wales 2007/08 is the seventh report in an annual series 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.

  The police recorded crime data reports on the financial year 2007/08. 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 2007/08. For the crime types it covers, the BCS can provide a better reflection of the true extent of household and personal 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.

We publish the annual crime statistics report every July. The annual publication and supplementary volumes are published under the National Statistics Protocol. This means the publication date is pre-announced on the National Statistics website and pre-release access arrangements are formalised and published on the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) website and the Home Office website.

Summary of the main findings

Summary of the main findings (pdf, 196KB)

Content of the full annual report

The main report begins with a summary of the main findings and background information on the BCS and police recorded crime statistics. Chapters within the report focus on the level and trends in crime, but also give a broader analysis of violent crime and property crime. The report also focuses on public perceptions of crime, patterns of crime across England and Wales and detections.

Main Volume (pdf, 1.8MB)

for quicker download, individual chapters are also available:

Chapter 1 - Introduction (pdf, 48KB)
Chapter 2 – Extent and trends (pdf, 304KB)
Chapter 3 – Violent and sexual crime (pdf, 372KB)
Chapter 4 – Property crime (pdf, 384KB)
Chapter 5 – Public perceptions (pdf, 160KB)
Chapter 6 – Geographic patterns of crime (pdf, 160KB)
Chapter 7 – Detection of crime (pdf, 108KB)

Glossary (pdf, 132KB)

Statistical tables from the chapters are available in Excel format:

Chapter 2 tables (352KB)
Chapter 3 tables (124KB)
Chapter 4 tables (56KB)
Chapter 5 tables (104KB)
Chapter 6 tables (200KB)

Chapter 7 tables (120KB)

Table 2.01 (with additional BCS years) is available (Excel)
Table 2.03 (with additional BCS years) is available (Excel)

Additional logistic regression tables (Excel)

A technical report providing more information about the BCS is available (pdf):

2007-08 British Crime Survey (England and Wales) Technical Report Volume I

Local statistics

Additional tables reporting statistics for individual Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, Local Authority areas and Basic Command Units are available:

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships - Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2006/07 to 2007/08 (Excel)

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership area and constituency look-up table (Excel)

Basic Command Unit - Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2006/07 to 2007/08 (Excel)

Basic Command Unit – Detections for Key Offences 2006/07 to 2007/08 (Excel)

Basic Command Unit – Sanction Detections for Key Offences 2006/07 to 2007/08 (Excel)

Local Authority areas - Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2006/07 to 2007/08 (Excel)

Interactive maps of local authority level police recorded crime data are available here. (requires Flash plug-in)

This website also allows users to tabulate crime data and to download the results.

A Welsh factsheet to accompany the main volume is available.
Wales Cymru

Supplementary Volumes

Throughout the year we produce a number of supplementary volumes focusing on particular crime topics.

Perceptions of anti-social behaviour: Findings from the 2007/08 British Crime Survey Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in England and Wales 2007/08

Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2007/08 Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2007/08

Home security, mobile phone theft and stolen goods: Supplementary Volume 3 to Crime in England and Wales 2007/08

Tables included in the report are also available in Excel format:
Chapter 1 tables
Chapter 2 tables
Chapter 3 tables

Crime in England and Wales 2007/08: Supplementary Tables: Nature of burglary, vehicle-related theft, personal and other household theft, vandalism, and violent crime

See also

Key publications

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