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Crime and victims

What the Home Office is doing to help lower crime rates.

How we're reducing crime

Crime rates are falling dramatically, but we want to see them fall even further.

The risk of becoming a victim of crime has fallen sharply in recent years. While in 1995 the risk was 40%, by 2008 it had fallen to 22% (Source: Crime in England and Wales 2007/08).

But we aim to reduce this level even further. And to reduce fear of crime, which has risen even as the number of crimes actually committed has fallen.

We believe everybody has the right to feel safe as they go about their daily lives.

Different approaches for different types of crime

Over the next few pages we explain how we, along with other organisations, are tackling different types of crime, and offer tips on what you can do to help combat and prevent crime.

You can find out in this section:

The Home Office crime strategy

Central to our effort to prevent crimes from occurring is the Home Office strategy: Cutting Crime - A New Partnership.

Based on the government's work cutting crime over the past 10 years, it explains how we will build on that experience in order to reduce crime rates even further.

In 2008, we also published our action plan for preventing violent crime, and our youth crime action plan.

Tackling prolific offenders

50% of all crime is committed by just 10% of offenders. And the 5,000 most active offenders in the country are estimated to be responsible for a staggering one in ten offences.

So if we manage to tackle this minority group of offenders, we can considerably reduce crime levels.

Our Prolific and other Priority Offenders Programme aims to do just that by targeting the most prolific offenders and young offenders who are at risk of becoming part of this group. 

Find out more about the Prolific & other Priority Offenders (new window) programme on the crime reduction website.

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