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Crime in England and Wales 2009/2010

Crime in England and Wales 2009/10 is the ninth 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 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 2009/10. 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 2009/10. For the crime types and population groups 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 UK National Statistics Publication Hub and pre-release access arrangements are formalised and published on the Home Office website.

Content of the full annual report

The main report begins with an overview which draws out the main themes from the report and discusses the broader picture for crime trends. Chapters within the report focus on the level and trends in crime, but also give a broader analysis of violent crime and acquisitive and other property crime. The report also focuses on public perceptions of crime, patterns of crime across England and Wales and detections.

Main Volume (pdf, 1.6MB)

for quicker download, individual chapters from the main volume are also available:

Chapter 1 - Overview of the findings (pdf, 104KB)
Chapter 2 – Extent and trends (pdf, 528KB)
Chapter 3 – Violent and sexual crime (pdf, 372KB)
Chapter 4 – Acquisitive and other property crime (pdf, 400KB)
Chapter 5 – Public perceptions (pdf, 436KB)
Chapter 6 – Detection of crime (pdf, 200KB)

Chapter 7 – Geographic patterns of crime (pdf, 376KB)

Statistical tables from the chapters are available in Excel format:

Chapter 2 tables (420KB)
Chapter 3 tables (212KB)
Chapter 4 tables (148KB)
Chapter 5 tables (280KB)
Chapter 6 tables (76KB)
Chapter 7 tables (296KB)

Tables included within the text in the report are also available in Excel format: Text Tables

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

Figures for the individual quarters: Recorded Crime - Quarterly data (Excel)

Additional explanatory notes and classifications for police recorded crime and the BCS are available in the User Guide to Home Office Crime Statistics

Statistical tables from the user guide are available in Excel format:
Section 9 tables
Appendix 1 tables

The latest technical report providing more information about the BCS (pdf):

2009-10 BCS (England and Wales) Technical Report Volume I

Local statistics

Additional tables reporting statistics for individual Community Safety Partnerships, Local Authority areas and Basic Command Units are available:

Community Safety Partnership areas - Recorded crime for key offences 2008/09 to 2009/10 (Excel)

Local Authorities: Recorded crime for seven key offences 2008/09 to 2009/10 (Excel)

Basic Command Unit - Recorded Crime for Key Offences 2008/09 to 2009/10 (Excel)

Basic Command Unit - Sanction Detections for Key Offences 2008/09 to 2009/10 (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.

Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2009/10: Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2009/10
Also available - Excel data spreadsheets, plus:
Supplementary spreadsheets

Public perceptions of policing, engagement with the police and victimisation: Findings from the 2009/10 British Crime Surve

Crime in England and Wales 2009/10: Supplementary Tables: Nature of burglary, vehicle-related theft, bicycle theft, other household theft, personal and other theft, vandalism and violent crime

The Health and Safety Executive publish a report based on BCS data entitled ‘Violence at Work’, as part of its responsibility for developing and implementing policy on work-related violence. The report provides an overview of the extent of violence at work in England and Wales and examines the nature of these incidents and the risk factors that may affect victimisation. The latest publication is available here.

See also

Key publications

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