UK Crime Statistics – British Crime Survey

UK Crime Statistics – British Crime Survey

The Home Office publishes annually the “Crime in England and Wales” report. 
It combines the police recorded crime and the British Crime Survey (BCS) results, thus giving a very complementary picture of crime:
– Police statistics provide a good measure of trends in well-reported crimes, are an important indicator of police workload, and can be used for local crime pattern analysis.
– For the crime types it covers, the British Crime Survey (that exists since 1982) can provide a better reflection of the true extent of crime because it includes crimes that are not reported to the police. It can also give a better indication of trends in crime over time because it is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting to the police, and in police recording practices.
All the annual reports since 2001/2002 can be accessed on the Research Development and Statistics (RDS) website, which includes a range of research and statistics relating to crime, policing, immigration, drugs, and other areas of Home Office responsibility.


The Home Office announces some “snapshots” of the report on it’s website:
– The number of police recorded crime fell by 5% between 2007/08 and 2008/09
– Police recorded 6% fewer violent against the person offences, 10% fewer vandalism offences and 10% fewer offences against vehicles, but home burglaries have increased by 1%
– The risk of becoming a victim of crime as measured by the British Crime Survey rose from 22% to 23 %, but is well below it’s peak of 40% in 1995
The comparison between the police reported statistics and the BCS show some divergence: for example, the BCS shows that vehicle-related thefts and vandalism are stable compared with 10% fall in police recorded crime.
In the long term, levels of crime are going down since 1995, and the home office says the apparent increase of 5% in BCS crime this year is not statistically significant”.
Read the full report “Crime in England and Wales 2008/2009”


Figures from the “British Crime Survey and police recorded crime 2006 – 2007”  show that there is little change since 2005/2006 with crime further down a few percentage points, thus continuing the positive trend from the mid-1990s. This year’s focus on violent crime also shows that the numbers have slightly dropped.
Main findings for 2006/2007 show that:
– The majority of crimes are property related. These include burglary, vehicle
theft, vandalism/criminal damage and other theft.
– Around a fifth are violent crimes.
– Almost half of violent crime involves no injury and only a small proportion
involves serious violence.
Read the full report “Crime in England and Wales 2006/2007”


In the Quarterly bulletin published October 20, 2005, Hhome Office announced that Crime in England and Wales fell by 5% in the 12 months to June 2005 according to latest British Crime Survey (BCS) findings, and to the police reported crime statistics.
The 2005 BCS also found that the risk of being a victim of crime is at the lowest level for 24 years.
The BCS shows that in the 12 months to June 2005:
– overall crime fell 5%
– domestic burglary fell 17%
– vehicle thefts fell 10%
– violent crime is stable
Police recorded crime figures from the three months to June 2005 compared with the same period the previous year show:
– total recorded crime fell 2%
– domestic burglary fell 1%
– vehicle thefts fell 8%
– robbery rose 4%
– drug offences rose 25%
– violence against the person rose 6%
– overall violent crime rose 6%
Read the full report: Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to July 2005