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Future dissemination strategy for the publication of National Statistics on crime in England and Wales

Opening date: 01 November 2012
Closing date: 31 December 2012
Department: Office for National Statistics
Category: Crime and Justice

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has developed proposals for the future dissemination of crime statistics, with the aim of improving the presentation for users and to provide a clearer overall picture of crime.

This consultation provides details of proposed changes to both the content of regular crime statistics outputs, as well as the presentation of the crime classifications used in those outputs. Proposed changes to the publication of crime statistics include the regular publication of thematic-based reports and associated tables that supplement the standard bulletins published each quarter. Changes to the presentation of police recorded crime include introducing two broad categories to distinguish between crimes with a direct victim and those without a direct victim, the introduction of a ‘theft offences’ category and movement of some individual offences in to more appropriate categories. Proposed changes to Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) data include a simplification of the categories used to group offences and changes to the presentation of some offences to make them more consistent with police recorded crime.

It is important that any changes made are done so with input from those that read and use crime statistics outputs. Users are invited to share their views on the proposals with us using the consultation feedback form. Your comments will help to shape the final proposals.


Jenny Bradley,
Crime Statistics and Analysis Division,
Office for National Statistics,
1 Drummond Gate,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7592 8651
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