The recent statistical bulletin from The Office for National Statistics presents the most recent crime statistics from two sources – The Crime Survey for England and Wales as well as from police recorded crime. Both sources show a positive decrease in crime for the year ending March 2013.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that there were 8.6 million crimes in England and Wales in the last year, a decrease of 9%. This latest estimate is said to be the lowest since the survey began in 1981 and less than half its peak level in 1995.
The Office for National Statistics reports that the police have recorded a 7% decrease in crime, compared with 2012. The police recorded crime figures continue to show year on-year reductions – the latest figures 38% lower than 2002/2003, according to reports.
Police recorded crime figures indicate a 4% decrease in ‘violence against the person’, a 15% decrease in ‘criminal damage and arson’, 7% decrease in ‘vehicle offences’ and a 13% decrease in ‘robbery’. ‘Theft from the person’ is however up 9% and ‘sexual offences’ also up by 1%.