Crime continues to fall

Published 23 January 2014

Latest statistics show that crime is continuing to fall in England and Wales. Both key, independent measures of crime – police recorded crime and the Crime Survey for England and Wales – show crimes against households and adults fell by 10% in the year to September 2013.

The Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) shows overall crime fell to the lowest level since the survey began in 1981. The survey shows a 13% fall in violence, household theft is down 19% and vandalism has dropped by 8%.

The reduction of crime measured by the CSEW was led by statistically significant decreases in both household (vehicle and property related) crime and personal (theft from the person and violent) crime. Household crime was down 10%, while personal crime was down 9%.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

“England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades with crime now at its lowest level since the survey began in 1981.

“Both the recorded crime statistics and the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales show that police reform is working and crime is continuing to fall. Overall, crime has fallen under this coalition government by more than 10% according to the Crime Survey and this is mirrored by the fall in police recorded crime since 2010.”

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