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Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)

Home interview
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. Respondents to the survey are also asked about their attitudes towards different crime-related issues, such as the police and the criminal justice system and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The key aim of CSEW is to provide robust trends for the crime types and population it covers; the survey does not aim to provide an absolute count of crime and has notable exclusions. The CSEW excludes fraud and those crimes often termed as ‘victimless’ (for example possession of drugs). As a survey that asks people whether they have experienced victimisation, homicides cannot be included. The CSEW does not cover the population living in group residences (for example care homes or halls of residence) or other institutions, nor does it cover crime against commercial or public sector bodies.

CSEW provides a better reflection of the extent of crime than police recorded figures as the survey asks about crimes that are not reported to or recorded by the police. The survey also asks for your opinion of different crime-related issues such as the police and criminal justice system and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Details of data available from the Crime Survey for England and Wales for;

  • Specific geographies

  • Long term trends

  • Specific crime types

  • Worry about crime and confidence in the police and criminal justice system

 

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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