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Crime in England and Wales 2008/09: Supplementary Tables: Nature of burglary, vehicle-related theft, bicycle theft, other household theft, personal and other theft, vandalism and violent crime

The British Crime Survey (BCS) is a large survey that measures the amount and nature of crime in England and Wales by asking people aged 16 and over, living in private households, about crimes they have experienced in the last year.

The tables presented here are based on the findings from BCS interviews conducted in the 2008/09 financial year and give a picture of the nature of burglary, vehicle-related theft and violent crime. They also provide detail on other types of theft and on vandalism. These tables expand on the information provided in the main publication ‘Crime in England and Wales 2008/09’ (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/09) and should be read alongside that earlier publication.

Commentary on the nature of crime 2008/09

1. Nature of burglary
2. Nature of vehicle-related theft
3. Nature of bicycle theft
4. Nature of other household theft
5. Nature of personal and other theft
6. Nature of vandalism
7. Nature of violent crime

More about the British Crime Survey

1. Nature of burglary
 
Domestic burglary includes:
 
burglary with entry – incidents in which the offender entered the dwelling as a trespasser with the intention of committing theft or criminal damage. The offender must have entered the property but need not have carried out his/her intention; and
 
attempted burglary – incidents in which there is clear evidence that the offender tried to enter the dwelling as a trespasser but failed.
 
Burglary does not necessarily entail the theft (or attempted theft) of property or involve forced entry (for example, it may be through an open window or involve the use of false pretences).  The BCS does not collect information about burglary of commercial premises. Other Home Office surveys have been undertaken to capture the extent and costs of crime to the retail and manufacturing sector (The Commercial Victimisation Survey).
 
Tables:
1.1 Timing of when incidents of burglary occurred
1.2 Point of entry in incidents of burglary
1.3 Method of entry in incidents of burglary
1.4 Type of damage caused in incidents of burglary
1.5

Cost of damage in incidents of burglary

1.6 Items stolen in incidents of burglary with entry
1.7 Cost of stolen items in incidents of burglary with entry
1.8

Contact with offenders in incidents of burglary

1.9 Offender characteristics in incidents of burglary
1.10 Emotional impact of incidents of burglary
1.11 Perceived seriousness of incidents of burglary
1.12 Home security trends for all households
1.13 Reasons for improvements to home security
   
Burglary tables (Excel)
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2. Nature of vehicle-related theft
 
Vehicle-related theft includes:
 
theft and attempted theft of vehicles (where the vehicle itself was the target); and
 
theft from vehicles (where the target was property in the vehicle or component parts of it). 
 
Vehicles within the scope of the BCS are non-commercial cars, vans, motorbikes, scooters and mopeds.
 
Tables:
2.1 Timing of when incidents of vehicle-related theft occurred
2.2 Where incidents of vehicle-related theft occurred
2.3 Method of entry in incidents of vehicle-related theft
2.4 Stolen vehicles returned to owners: rates of return and damage
2.5

Items stolen in incidents of theft of and from vehicles

2.6 Cost of damage and stolen items in incidents of theft of and from vehicles
2.7 Emotional impact of incidents of vehicle-related theft
2.8 Perceived seriousness of incidents of vehicle-related theft
2.9

Age of stolen cars and vans

 
Vehicle-related theft tables (Excel)
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3. Nature of bicycle theft
 

Bicycle theft covers thefts of bicycles belonging to the respondent or any member of the respondent’s household. This category does not include every bicycle theft, as some may be stolen during the course of another offence (eg. burglary) and are therefore classified as such in the BCS.

 
Tables:
3.1 Timing of when incidents of bicycle thefts occurred
3.2 Where incidents of bicycle theft occurred
3.3 Cost of stolen items in incidents of bicycle theft
3.4 Emotional impact of incidents of bicycle theft
3.5

Perceived seriousness of incidents of bicycle theft

 
Bicycle theft tables (Excel)
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4. Nature of other household theft
 
Other household theft includes:
 
burglary and attempted burglary from a non-connected domestic garage/outhouse;
 
theft in a dwelling (theft committed inside a home by somebody who was entitled to be there, e.g. workmen);
 
theft outside a dwelling (theft of items from outside the home but on the premises); and
 
theft from a meter (theft from meters inside dwellings).
 
Tables:
4.1

Offences included in other household theft

4.2 Timing of when incidents of other household thefts occurred
4.3 Items stolen in incidents of other household theft
4.4 Cost of stolen items in incidents of other household theft
4.5 Emotional impact of incidents of other household theft
4.6 Perceived seriousness of incidents of other household theft
 
Household theft tables (Excel)
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5. Nature of personal and other theft
 
Personal and other theft includes:
 
theft from the person – includes snatch theft from the person (force may have been used to snatch property that the victim was carrying) and stealth theft (respondent was unaware of property they were carrying or near to them being stolen) and attempted snatch or stealth theft; and
 
Other theft of personal property – includes theft of items the respondent was not holding or carrying at the time, e.g. items left in cloakrooms, and where the respondent was not in their home during the incident.
 
Tables:
5.1

Timing of when incidents of theft from the person and other theft of personal property occurred

5.2 Where incidents of theft from the person occurred
5.3 Where incidents of other theft of personal property occurred
5.4 Items stolen in incidents of theft from the person and other theft of personal property
5.5 Cost of stolen items in incidents of theft from the person and other theft of personal property
5.6 Emotional impact of incidents of theft from the person and other theft of personal property
5.7 Perceived seriousness of incidents of theft from the person and other theft of personal property
 
Personal and other theft tables (Excel)
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6. Nature of vandalism
 

Vandalism in the BCS covers any intentional and malicious damage to private households and their property. It does not include accidental damage or incidents that do not incur financial cost to the victim to repair the damage.

 

BCS vandalism specifically includes:

 
arson (where there is deliberate damage to property caused by fire)
vandalism to a motor vehicle; and
vandalism to the home (including doors, windows, gates, fences and belongings in the garden) and to other property.
 
Tables:
6.1 Timing of when incidents of vandalism occurred
6.2

Where incidents of vandalism to vehicles occurred

6.3

Type of damage caused in incidents of vandalism

6.4

Cost of incidents of vandalism

6.5 Emotional impact of incidents of vandalism
6.6 Perceived seriousness of incidents of vandalism
6.7 Offender characteristics in incidents of vandalism
 
Vandalism tables (Excel)
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7. Nature of violent crime
 
Violent crime as measured by the BCS includes:
 
assault with minor injury;
assault with no injury;
wounding; and
robbery.
 

Estimates for BCS violence in 2008/09 will vary from those previously published before 2006/07 due to revisions in the category (‘All violence’ no longer includes snatch theft). For more information about the crime types included please see Volume 2 of Crime in England and Wales 2008/09.

 
Violence as measured by the BCS can also be classified into four subgroups (violence typology):
 
domestic;
mugging;
stranger; and
acquaintance.
 
Domestic violence – includes all violent incidents, excluding mugging, which involve partners, ex-partners, household members or other relatives. 
 
Mugging – this is a popular rather than a legal term, comprising robbery, attempted robbery, and snatch theft from the person.
 
Stranger violence – includes assault and wounding incidents where the victim did not know (any of) the offender(s) in any way.
 
Acquaintance violence – comprises assault and wounding incidents where the victim knew (one or more of) the offender(s), at least by sight.
 
Tables:
 
7.1

Offender characteristics in violent incidents

7.2 Where violent incidents occurred
7.3

Timing of when incidents of violence occurred

7.4 Emotional impact of incidents of violence
7.5 Perceived seriousness of incidents of violence
 
Violence tables (Excel)
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REFERENCES
 
Walker, A., Flatley, J., Kershaw, C., and Moon, D. (2009). Crime in England and Wales 2008/09. Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/09. London: Home Office.
 
Smith, K. and Hoare, J. (2009) Crime in England and Wales 2008/09 Volume 2. Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/09. London: Home Office.
 
 


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