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Guide to finding crime statistics

Crime statistics are produced by multiple departments across government. This guide aims to direct you to the information you need.

ONS currently publish 4 quarterly bulletins and 3 “Focus on” publications each year. The quarterly bulletins present the latest findings from the crime survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime. The “Focus on” publications present additional analysis on specific topics, for example, property crime.

The crime statistics ONS publish are for England and Wales only and are taken from several sources:

  • The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) – includes crimes not reported to the police but does not include some offences (for example, possession of drugs, homicide) and some victims (for example, businesses, visitors and population resident in institutions, such as old people’s homes)

  • Home Office (HO), police recorded crime – has a wider coverage of offences but does not include crimes that have not been reported to the police or less serious crimes dealt with by magistrates’ courts (for example, “summary offences” such as speeding)

  • National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) – the NFIB collates fraud data from Action Fraud (the national fraud reporting centre that records incidents of fraud directly from the public and organisations) Cifas (a UK-wide fraud and financial crime prevention service) and Financial Fraud Action UK (which collects information on fraud from the card payments industry in the UK);

  • Anti-social behaviour (ASB) – ONS publish statistics on ASB incidents recorded by the police and collected by the Home Office, and people’s experiences of ASB taken from the CSEW

Other sources of crime and justice statistics:

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