Crime in England and Wales falls to lowest level since 1981

Published 28 April 2014

Both the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime statistics show that crime is down by more than 10%.

On 24 April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its latest crime statistics, which show that crime is continuing to fall. The ONS’s crime statistics come from the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime statistics, which show there has been a drop of more than 10% since 2010.

Crime is falling

The survey showed that there has been a 22% fall in violence in the year ending December 2013 compared with the previous year. Vandalism and criminal damage are down 15% and other household theft has dropped by 25%.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

"Under this coalition government, overall crime is down by more than 10% according to both the independent Crime Survey and police recorded crime.

"We can have confidence that England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades, with crime at its lowest level since the survey began in 1981."

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