The latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show that there were an estimated 8.5 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over) in England and Wales for the year ending June 2013. This represents a 7% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey.
This latest estimate is the lowest since the survey began in 1981. The total number of CSEW incidents is estimated to be 15% lower than the 2007/08 survey, and is now less than half its peak level in 1995.
The police recorded 3.7 million offences in the year ending June 2013, a decrease of 5% compared with the previous year. Police recorded crime figures continue to show year-on-year reductions and the latest figures are 38% lower than 2002/03.
Figure 1: Trends in police recorded crime and CSEW, 1981 to year ending June 2013
- The data on this chart refer to different time periods: a) 1981 to 1999 refer to crimes experienced in the calendar year (January to December); b) from 2001/02 onwards the estimates relate to crimes experienced in the 12 months before interview, based on interviews carried out in that financial year (April to March); and c) the last two data points relate to interviews carried out in the rolling 12 month periods for the latest available two years (July to June).