This release is the third of three annual ‘Focus on crime statistics’ publications produced through collaboration between ONS and Home Office analysts. The first two focused on property crime (published in November 2013) and violent crime (published in February 2014). These publications presented data from both police recorded crime and the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). This publication mostly uses data from the CSEW, although there are references to other data sources throughout.
The first chapter explores adults overall ratings and confidence in the police. It then looks at 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 looks at perceptions of the police by children aged 10 to 15. Similarly to Chapter 1, topics such as ratings and perceptions of the police, police visibility, and satisfaction with the police are covered. Breakdowns by personal characteristics are also provided.
Chapter 3 then turns to child victims of crime. This includes the extent of different types of crime, the characteristics associated with being a child victim, before examining the relationship between adult and child victimisation. There is also information on the nature of the crimes experienced by 10 to 15 year olds.
Published alongside this report are a number of supplementary tables. These are not referred to in this report, but provide information on a range of associated topics. Examples of tables included are tables on Neighbourhood Watch schemes (Tables S26-28), the public’s use of online crime maps (Table S12), and perceptions of changing crime levels (Table S3-S5). These can be found as part of the Supplementary tables (541 Kb Excel sheet) .
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.
A list of the organisations given pre-publication access to the contents of this bulletin can be found on the ONS website.
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