Crime Survey for England and Wales
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that crime in the year ending September 2014 was 11% down on the previous year and the lowest estimate since the CSEW began in 1981. There was an estimated 7 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults in England and Wales.
This contrasts with the police recorded crime figures which show no overall change from the previous year with 3.7 million offences recorded. The CSEW researchers attribute this difference to two factors:
- Renewed focus on quality of crime recording has probably meant that more police forces are complying with national crime recording standards
- Victims appear more willing to report certain types of crime, particularly rapes and other sexual offences
Crime Survey v Police records
If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between CSEW figures and police records, below is a handy infographic developed by the Crime Survey bods to explain. I always think that CSEW figures are more important because they include crimes that don’t come to the attention of the police and focus on crimes which the majority of us are most concerned about – the ones we are victims of.
It’s amazing that such a large drop in crime which has taken place in the context of a continuing fall did not attract more media headlines. Here are some of the details:
- Violent crime down 11% from the previous year
- Domestic burglary down 8% and 40% lower than 2003/4
- Vehicle related theft down 15%
- Theft of personal property down 9%
- Robbery down 27% – but the CSEW urges caution over this as these represent a small number of victims and can fluctuate year on year
Just how much crime has fallen over the last twenty years is clearly shown below:
Given these figures, why am I so confident that politicians will spend the next few months up to the general election preaching the need to be tough on crime?