Latest figures from the CSEW show that there were an estimated 7.5 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over) in England and Wales for the year ending December 2013. This represents a 15% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey. This was driven by decreases in a range of offence groups, including other household theft (down 25%), violence (down 22%) and vandalism (down 15%).
This latest estimate is the lowest since the survey began in 1981. The total number of CSEW incidents is estimated to be 25% lower than the 2007/08 survey, and is 60% lower than its peak level in 1995.
The police recorded 3.7 million offences in the year ending December 2013, a decrease of 2% compared with the previous year. Police recorded crime figures continue to show year-on-year reductions and the latest figures are 38% lower than in 2002/03.