Datasets are provided as Excel spreadsheets (.xls) and in Comma Separated Values (.csv) format, which is compatible with most database systems. Larger datasets may be available in CSV format only.
Local police recorded crime data
The datasets below contain recorded crime figures for police force areas and local authorities. The data are rolling 12 month totals, with data points shown at the end of each financial year between 2002/03 and 2006/07 and at the end of each quarter from June 2007.
The local authority boundaries used for these data sets conform as closely as possible with the unitary authority / district council boundaries in place in 2007/08.
Population estimates calculated by the Office for National Statistics for the periods and geographic areas covered by the crime datasets are provided below. These can be used alongside the crime figures to calculate crime rates; guidance on how population estimates are used by the Home Office is available here.
Police recorded crime statistics, like any administrative data, are affected by the rules governing the recording of data, systems in place and operational decisions in respect of the allocation of resources. More proactive policing in a given area could lead to an increase in crimes recorded without any real change in underlying crime trends. These issues need to be taken into account when using these data.
The User Guide to Home Office Crime Statistics is a reference guide with explanatory notes regarding the issues and classifications which are key to the production and presentation of Home Office crime statistics, including commentary about appropriate interpretation of these statistics.
Home Office crime statistics are published four times a year: a main annual volume with extensive headline figures and commentary and three quarterly updates which provide a summary of latest BCS and recorded crime statistics. The data sets provided on this website are updated simultaneously with these publications. Additionally, a number of supplementary volumes are produced, containing in-depth analysis of issues such as homicide, violent crime, and perceptions of crime. These publications are available from the RDS website.
Police forces make more local provisional crime data available via the National Policing Improvement Agency CrimeMapper (Home Office Statistics are not responsible for the content of this website).