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Release: Crime Statistics, Period Ending March 2012

Released: 19 July 2012


John Flatley

Crime Statistics and Analysis Division

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7592 8695

Categories: Crime, Crime and Justice, Crime Trends, Crime in England and Wales

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

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

  • Latest figures from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show no change in overall crime against adults compared with the 2010/11 survey. Crimes recorded by the police fell by 4 per cent between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

  • CSEW crime has remained at the same level in the last three years. Prior to this there were large reductions between the 1995 and 2004/05 CSEW, after which the rate of decline slowed. Police recorded crime has continued to show annual reductions since 2004/05.

  • Whilst most categories of police recorded crime fell in 2011/12 compared with 2010/11, there was a 2 per cent increase in other theft offences. This was driven principally by rises in theft of unattended property, theft from the person, bicycle theft and shoplifting.

  • Estimates over the last four years indicate an upward trend in CSEW other household theft. This category includes theft of household items which are taken from outside the dwelling (for example, garden furniture).

  • 2011/12 police recorded crime figures for robbery fell by 2 per cent compared with the previous year. The Metropolitan Police force area showed higher levels of robbery compared with 2010/11 whilst most other police forces areas showed reductions.

  • Police recorded violence against the person decreased by 7 per cent, continuing the downward trend in recent years. More serious violent crimes such as homicide and grievous bodily harm showed marked decreases in 2011/12 compared with the previous year.

Presents the most recent crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime.

Other useful information

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 website.

This release represents the second such publication from ONS. To provide continuity for users of these statistics the same information previously produced by the Home Office is provided with this release. Data are presented in a slightly different format, including more long-term trends and other data sources. Changes are planned for future releases and details will be made available to users for comment in due course.

For information on how to interpret the crime statistics please see the User Guide to Crime Statistics for England and Wales (1.36 Mb Pdf) .

For advance warning of future changes to the police recorded crime collection see methodological note (179 Kb Pdf) .

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 sources of police recorded crime data

Historic police recorded crime data tables can be found on the Home Office website.

Police forces publish provisional recorded crime data at street level on the police website (The Office for National Statistics is not responsible for the content of this website).

Further survey information

A technical report is available providing information on CSEW survey design, weighting and survey response. The latest report is the British Crime Survey (England and Wales) 2010-11 technical report.

Anonymised datasets from the BCS (in SPSS format) are available on the UK Data Archive through the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS). Researchers, including students, who need data for dissertations or practical work can use these datasets.

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey can be found on the Scottish Government website. The Northern Ireland Crime Survey can be found on the NISRA website.

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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