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Release: Crime Statistics, Focus on Victimisation and Public Perceptions, 2012/13

Released: 30 May 2014


John Flatley

Analysis and Data Access Division

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7592 8695

Categories: Crime and Justice, Crime, Police, Victims of Crime, Attitudes to Policing

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Theme specific

Survey name(s): Crime Survey for England and Wales

  • The proportion of adults who reported that the police in their local area do a good or excellent job has increased year-on-year over the past decade. The latest data from the 2012/13 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) indicate the trend is levelling off, with the proportion of adults giving positive ratings of the local police recording a small decrease when compared with the 2011/12 survey (down one percentage point to 61%).

  • Since 2009/10, 10 to 15 year olds have also been asked for their opinion of the local police. The proportion that had positive opinions increased over time, from 48% in the 2009/10 survey to 55% in the 2012/13 survey. Young girls (aged 10-12) were the age group most likely to have a positive opinion (72%), while older boys (aged 13-15) were the least likely (40%).

  • According to the 2012/13 CSEW, there were an estimated 821,000 incidents of crime experienced by children aged 10 to 15. Boys were more likely to be victims, with 16% having experienced a crime in the previous twelve months, compared to 9% of girls.

  • The proportion of adults who reported seeing a police officer on foot patrol in their local area at least once a week recorded a decrease of four percentage points from 38% in the 2011/12 CSEW to 34% in the 2012/13 CSEW. Prior to this, proportions reporting this level of visibility increased until 2009/10, after which trends remained broadly steady.

  • Children are also asked a similar question about police visibility. The percentage of 10 to 15 year olds that are defined as having a high level of police visibility in their local area was 34% in the 2012/13 CSEW.

This release is the third of three annual ‘Focus on crime statistics’ publications produced through collaboration between ONS and Home Office analysts.

Chapter 1 explores adults overall ratings and confidence in the police. It then looks at measures of police visibility. It finishes by considering victim satisfaction with the police, another key measure of police performance. Chapter 2 looks at perceptions of the police amongst children. Chapter 3 then turns to child victims of crime, including the extent of different types of crime, the characteristics associated with being a child victim.

Published alongside this report are a number of supplementary tables (541 Kb Excel sheet) . These are not referenced in this report, but provide information on a range of associated topics.

Other useful information

The CSEW is a face-to-face survey in which people resident in households in England and Wales are asked about their experiences of crime in the 12 months prior to the interview. The CSEW also asks a broad range of questions on crime and justice related issues, including perceptions of the police and the wider criminal justice system.

Following the Home Secretary’s acceptance of the recommendations of the National Statistician’s Review of crime statistics in June 2011 the collation and publication of crime statistics moved to ONS on 1 April 2012. For previous publications please see the Home Office web-pages.

For information on how to interpret the crime statistics please see the User Guide to Crime Statistics for England and Wales.

Crime Statistics Advisory Committee

In line with the National Statistician’s recommendations an independent Crime Statistics Advisory Committee has also been formed to provide advice on issues related to the collection and presentation of these statistics. Please see the UK Statistics Authority website for further information and minutes of meetings.

Further survey information

Further Crime Survey information is available from the Crime Statistics methodological page. This includes:

  • A technical report providing covering all aspects of  the CSEW survey design, including sampling strategy, field operations, response rates, weighting methodology, and data processing.

  • A copy of the CSEW survey questionnaires.

Anonymised datasets from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (in SPSS format) currently are available on:

Researchers, including students, who need data for dissertations or practical work can use these datasets.

See the following websites for the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.


If you have any queries regarding crime statistics for England and Wales please email

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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