The Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly British Crime Survey) asks people aged 16 and over living in households in England and Wales about their experiences of crime in the last 12 months. These experiences are used to estimate levels of crime in England and Wales. Until recently the survey did not cover crimes against those aged under 16, but since January 2009 we have also interviewed children aged 10 to 15.
We also ask respondents to the survey about their attitudes to crime-related issues such as:
the criminal justice system;
their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour.
The results of the survey play an important role in informing government policy.
The survey provides a better reflection of the extent of household and personal crime than police recorded statistics because the survey includes crimes that are not reported to, or recorded by, the police. The survey is also a better indicator of long-term trends because it is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting to the police or police recording practices.
If you wish to know more about the survey, or to get a message to an interviewer who has already contacted you, please ring the Crime Survey information line at TNS-BMRB on freephone 0800 051 0882.