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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 police;
• 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.

However, the survey does not aim to provide an absolute count of crime and has notable exceptions, including homicides and incidents against those living in communal establishments or people who are homeless. The main survey count of crime also does not include fraud, sexual offences or drug use. However, these are covered in additional modules within the survey and are reported on separately.
For more technical reports regarding the survey please see the Home Office website

The survey is carried out by TNS-BMRB (an independent research organisation) on behalf of the Office for National Statistics. If you wish to know more about the survey from TNS-BMRB please ring the Crime Survey information line at TNS-BMRB on freephone 0800 051 0882. 

Outputs that use this data

View all Summaries for Crime Survey for England and Wales (24)


  • Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending March 2014 17-Jul-2014
    Crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime.
  • About this Release: Focus on Victimisation and Public Perceptions, 2012/13 30-May-2014
    Public perceptions of the police, police visibility and perceptions of the police and experiences of crime among 10 to 15 year olds in England and Wales.
  • Chapter 1: Public Perceptions of the Police, and Police Visibility, 2012/13 30-May-2014
    Adults overall ratings and confidence in the police. This chapter explores measures of police visibility, before tying the two together and examining the relationship between visibility and ratings of the police. Included in this are both trends over time and demographic breakdowns from the 2012/13 CSEW. It finishes by considering victim satisfaction with the police, another key measure of police performance.
  • Chapter 2: 10 to 15 Year Olds’ Perceptions of the Police 30-May-2014
    Ratings and perceptions of the police by children aged 10 to 15 years olds. This chapter looks at police visibility and satisfaction with the police, with some breakdowns of demographic and behavioural characteristics.
  • Chapter 3: Experiences of Crime Among 10 to 15 Year Olds 30-May-2014
    Experiences of crime among children using data from the 10 to 15 year olds’ element of the 2012/13 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). The analysis focuses on the prevalence of violence and theft in this age group and the offender characteristics, timing and perceptions of these two types of offence. A breakdown of victim characteristics associated with theft and violence is also presented.
  • Data Sources and References 30-May-2014
    Data sources and references used in the Focus on Victimisation and Public Perceptions, 2012/13

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