British Crime Survey

From 1 April 2012, the British Crime Survey (BCS) will be known as the Crime Survey for England and Wales to better reflect its geographical coverage.

While the survey did previously cover the whole of Great Britain it ceased to include Scotland in its sample in the late 1980s. There is a separate survey – the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey – covering Scotland.

From 1 April 2012, National Statistics on crime previously published by the Home Office will be published by the Office for National Statistics. For more information see the ONS Crime in England and Wales web page.

Queries regarding these outputs should be directed to

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Have you been asked to take part in the British Crime Survey?

If you have been approached to take part in the survey you may want to view the ONS Crime Survey for England and Wales Frequently Asked Questions which give further information for anyone who is wondering what participation in the survey involves.

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