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Release: Crime Statistics, Nature of Crime tables, 2011/12

Released: 07 February 2013


John Flatley

Crime, Regional and Data Access Division

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7592 8695

Categories: Crime, Crime and Justice, Crime Trends, Crime in England and Wales, Victims of Crime, Violent and Sexual Crime, Property Crime, Burglary, Vehicle Related Crime, Criminal Damage and Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic Violence, Robbery, Street Crime

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

Survey name(s): Crime Survey for England and Wales

Crime in England and Wales 2011/12 supplementary tables: Nature of burglary, vehicle related theft, bicycle theft, other household theft, personal and other theft, vandalism, violence and crimes against children aged 10 to 15.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), formerly known as the British Crime Survey (BCS), is a face-to-face victimisation survey in which people resident in households in England and Wales are asked about their experiences of a range of crimes in the 12 months prior to the interview. From January 2009 the CSEW was extended to include 10 to 15 year olds.

The tables presented here have been jointly produced by ONS and Home Office analysts. They are based on findings from CSEW interviews conducted in the 2011/12 financial year and give a picture of the nature of burglary, theft, vandalism, violence and crimes against children aged 10-15. Nature of crime tables include data on the timing and location of incidents, what was stolen or damaged and the associated costs, injuries sustained and weapons used in violent incidents, the emotional impact on the victim and information about contact with offenders.  

These tables expand on the information provided in the publication Crime in England and Wales, year ending March 2012 and should be read alongside this earlier publication.

For information on how to interpret the crime statistics, please see the User Guide to Crime Statistics for England and Wales.

Other useful information

Following the Home Secretary’s acceptance of the recommendations of the National Statistician’s Review of crime statistics in June 2011 the collation and publication of crime statistics moved to the ONS on 1st April 2012. For previous Nature of Crime publications please see the Home Office website.

A technical report is available providing information on CSEW survey design, weighting and survey response. The latest report is the British Crime Survey (England and Wales) 2010-11 technical report

Anonymised datasets from the BCS (in SPSS format) are available on the UK Data Archive through the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS). Researchers, including students, who need data for dissertations or practical work can use these datasets.

See the following websites for the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.


If you have any queries regarding crime statistics for England and Wales please email

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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