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Release: Crime Statistics, period ending December 2012

Released: 25 April 2013 Next edition: 18 July 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, Violent and Sexual Crime, Property Crime, Drug Crime, Victims of Crime, Criminal Damage and Anti-Social Behaviour, Justice, Police, Attitudes to Policing, Public Attitudes and Experiences

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

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

  • Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimate that there were 8.9 million crimes against adults in England and Wales, based on the survey in the year ending December 2012. This represents an apparent 5% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey. Although this decrease was not statistically significant it is in line with the general downward trend seen over the last five years. The total number of CSEW incidents is estimated to have fallen by 19% compared with the 2006/07 survey; a statistically significant reduction.

  • In addition, the CSEW estimated that there were 0.9 million crimes against children aged 10 to 15 over the same time period.

  • The police recorded 3.7 million crimes in the year ending December 2012, a decrease of 8% compared with the previous year.

  • Figures from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey estimated that there were 9.2 million incidents of crime against businesses in England and Wales in the four sectors covered by the survey (wholesale and retail, manufacturing, accommodation and food, and transportation and storage) in the preceding 12 months.

  • There were an additional 1.0 million offences dealt with by the courts in the year ending September 2012 (the latest period for which data are available), which are not included in the police recorded crime figures.

  • In addition, around 2.3 million incidents of anti-social behaviour were recorded by the police in the year ending December 2012.

  • All of the main categories of police recorded crime fell in the year ending December 2012 compared with the previous year, though there were some increases in sub-categories. For example, theft from the person increased by 8% in the year ending December 2012 (from 99,396 offences to 107,471 offences), representing a speeding-up of the increases seen for this offence since 2008/09.

The most recent crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime.

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 1 April 2012. For previous publications please see the Home Office web-pages.

To provide continuity for users of these statistics the same information previously produced by the Home Office is provided with this release. Data are presented in a slightly different format, including more long-term trends and other data sources. Results of a public consultation on the future dissemination strategy of crime statistics was published on the ONS website on 31 January 2013. Future Dissemination strategy summary of responses (113.1 Kb Pdf) .

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

For further guidance and methodological information, please see the Crime Statistics Methodology page.

Crime Statistics Advisory Committee

In line with the National Statistician’s recommendations an independent Crime Statistics Advisory Committee has also been formed to provide advice on issues related to the collection and presentation of these statistics. Please see the UK Statistics Authority website for further information and minutes of meetings.

Further sources of police recorded crime data

Historic police recorded crime data tables can be found on the Home Office web-pages.

Police forces publish provisional recorded crime data at street level on the police website (The Office for National Statistics is not responsible for the content of this website).

Further survey information

A technical report is available providing information on CSEW survey design, weighting and survey response. The latest report is the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales Technical Report Volume One

Anonymised datasets from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (in SPSS format) currently are available on:

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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