This release is a collaboration between ONS and Home Office analysts. It explores a variety of official statistics on property crime and is primarily based on crimes recorded by the police in the year ending March 2013 and interviews carried out over the same period on the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). Trend analysis from both sources is also included.
This release is split into three chapters, each covering a different aspect of property crime. The first chapter provides an overview of all property crime, summarising long term trends and exploring patterns in the circumstances of property crimes and the characteristics of victims.
The second chapter presents analyses of data on repeat victimisation in property crime. This chapter covers the extent of repeat victimisation across individual crime types, divided into those experiencing two victimisations, and those experiencing three or more victimisations. Trends in repeat victimisation are also presented. The chapter also looks at the characteristics of repeat victims of property crimes using CSEW data collected about the nature of their most recent victimisation.
The third chapter presents findings from the CSEW on the possession of home security devices and the relationship with burglary victimisation. The chapter also examines security-conscious behaviour related to domestic burglary such as improvements to home security and property marking.
The Data sources section and User Guide to Crime Statistics for England and Wales give more details on each of the sources used in this release.
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