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More good news for crime levels in England and Wales as the latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) are published

These are the key points:

  • The CSEW estimates that there were 8.9 million crimes against adults in England and Wales in the year ending September 2012, an 8% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey. This reduction was driven by statistically significant decreases in vandalism, burglary and vehicle-related theft.
  • In addition, the CSEW estimated that there were 0.8 million crimes against children aged 10-15.
  • The police recorded 3.8 million crimes in the year ending September 2012, a decrease of 7% compared with the previous year.
  • There were an additional 1.0 million offences dealt with by the courts in the year ending June 2012 (the latest period for which data are available), which are not included in the police recorded crime figures.
  • All of the main categories of police recorded crime fell in the year ending September 2012 compared with the previous year, though there were some increases in sub-categories. For example, theft from the person increased by 6% from the previous year, continuing the upward trend seen since 2009/10.
  • In addition, around 2.4 million incidents of anti-social behaviour were recorded by the police in the year ending September 2012.
  • New figures from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey estimated that there were 9.2 million incidents of crime against businesses in England and Wales in the four sectors covered by the survey in the preceding 12 months.

Click on this link to go to the Office for National Statistics for the detail.  When you’re there you can click in the left hand column to get data about each of the CSEW crime categories.

Crime Prevention Minister, Jeremy Browne, responded:

“Crime continues to fall under this government, down eight per cent in the year ending September 2012 according to the latest Crime Survey, and is now at the lowest level since the survey began.

“Police reform is working. We have swept away central targets, reduced bureaucracy and these figures show forces are rising to the challenge of doing more with less. Many have achieved significant reductions in crime with reduced budgets.

“We are improving the relationship between the police and the public through the introduction of police and crime commissioners, giving the public a direct say in local policing for the first time, and we have established the College of Policing to enhance police professionalism and set the highest standards of integrity.”

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