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Crime in England and Wales 2004/05: Supplementary Tables: Nature of burglary, vehicle and violent crime

The British Crime Survey (BCS) is a large in-home 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 2004/05 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 criminal damage. These tables expand on the information provided in the main publication ‘Crime in England and Wales 2004/05’ (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/05) and should be read alongside that earlier publication.

1. Nature of burglary
2. Nature of vehicle-related theft
3. Nature of personal and other theft
4. Nature of criminal damage
5. Nature of violent crime

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Note: Amended 7.1.08. Some labelling and footnotes in the following supplementary excel tables have been changed. The figures remain unchanged.

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, rape, grievous bodily harm or unlawful 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, Shury et al 2005).
1.01 When burglaries occurred
1.02 Point of entry in burglaries
1.03 Method of entry in burglaries
1.04 Damage in burglary
1.05 Cost of items damaged in burglaries
1.06 Items stolen – burglary with entry
1.07 Cost of items stolen – burglary with entry
1.08 Contact with offenders in burglaries
1.09 Offender characteristics in burglaries
1.10 Emotional impact of burglary
1.11 Perceived seriousness of burglary
1.12 Home security trends, 1994 to 2004/05 BCS
1.13 Home security: reasons for improvements made
Burglary tables (Excel)
Note: Revisions made to Table 1.13 in Dec 2006. Please see table footnote for more details.
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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.
2.01 Timing of vehicle-related thefts
2.02 Location of vehicle-related thefts
2.03 Location and timing of vehicle-related thefts
2.04 Method of entry in vehicle related thefts, 1996 to 2004/05 BCS
2.05 Stolen vehicles returned to owners: rates of return and damage, 1996 to 2004/05 BCS
2.06 Items stolen in vehicle-related thefts
2.07 Cost of damage and stolen items – thefts from vehicles
2.08 Cost of stolen vehicles and items – thefts of vehicles
2.09 Emotional impact of vehicle-related thefts
2.10 Perceived seriousness of vehicle-related thefts
2.11 Vehicle security precautions, 1992 to 2004/05 BCS
2.12 Vehicle security precautions on cars targeted in thefts
2.13 Age of stolen cars and vans
Vehicle-related theft tables (Excel)
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3. Nature of personal and other theft
The BCS also covers other types of theft and attempted theft:
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;
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. The respondent was not in their home during the incident;
other household theft – includes theft in a dwelling (theft committed inside a home by somebody who was entitled to be there, e.g. workmen), theft from a meter (theft from meters inside dwellings) and burglary and attempted burglary from a non-connected domestic garage/outhouse; and
theft of bicycles.
3.01 When thefts from the person and other thefts of personal property occurred
3.02 Where theft occurred – theft from the person
3.03 Where theft occurred – other theft of personal property
3.04 Items stolen – theft from the person and other theft of personal property
3.05 Cost of stolen items – theft from the person and other theft of personal property
3.06 Emotional impact of theft from the person and other theft of personal property
3.07 Perceived seriousness of theft from the person and other theft of personal property
3.08 Offences included in ‘other household theft’
3.09 When bicycle and other household thefts occurred
3.10 Where theft occurred – bicycle theft
3.11 Items stolen – other household theft
3.12 Cost of stolen items – bicycle and other household theft
3.13 Emotional impact of bicycle and other household theft
3.14 Perceived seriousness of bicycle and other household theft
Personal and other theft tables (Excel)
Note: Revisions made to Table 3.11 in Dec 2006. Please see table footnote for more details.
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4. Nature of criminal damage
Criminal damage in the BCS covers incidents against private property. This is defined as incidents involving intentional and malicious damage to victims’ personal property, homes or vehicles. It does not include accidental damage or incidents that do not incur financial cost to the victim to repair the damage.
4.01 Timing of criminal damage
4.02 Location of offences – criminal damage to vehicles
4.03 Type of damage in criminal damage offences
4.04 Cost of criminal damage
4.05 Emotional impact of criminal damage
4.06 Perceived seriousness of criminal damage
Criminal damage tables (Excel)
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5. Nature of violent crime
Violent crime as measured by the BCS includes:
common assault;
robbery; and
snatch theft (although the low numbers of snatch thefts picked up in the survey means it cannot provide robust estimates of the nature of these incidents).
Violence as measured by the BCS can be classified into four sub-groups:
stranger; and
Domestic violence – includes all violent incidents, excluding mugging, which involve partners, ex-partners, household members or other relatives. A computerised self-completion module was included in the 1996 BCS to improve estimates of domestic violence (Mirrlees-Black, 1999) and a similar module was included in the 2001 BCS questionnaire (Walby and Allen, 2004).
Mugging – this is a popular rather than a legal term, comprising robbery, attempted robbery, and snatch theft from the person. The BCS does not cover muggings against those aged under 16 or those not living in private households.
Stranger violence – includes common assaults and woundings in which the victim did not know any of the offenders in any way.
Acquaintance violence – comprises woundings and common assault in which the victim knew one or more of the offenders, at least by sight.
5.01 Victim/offender relationship in violent incidents
5.02 Location of violent incidents
5.03 When violent incidents occurred
5.04 Offender characteristics in violent incidents
5.05 Whether offender/s under the influence of drink or drugs in violent incidents
5.06 Use of weapons in violent incidents
5.07 Emotional impact of violent incidents
5.08 Perceived seriousness of violent incidents
Violence tables (Excel)
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Mirrlees-Black, C. (1999) Domestic violence: Findings from a new British Crime Survey self-completion questionnaire. Home Office Research Study No. 191. London: Home Office.
Shury, J. (2005) Crime against retail and manufacturing premises: findings from the 2002 Commercial Victimisation Survey. Home Office Online Report 37/05 London: Home Office.
Walby, S. and Allen, J. (2004) Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey. Home Office Research Study No. 276. London: Home Office.

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