Crime Statistics and Analysis Division
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7592 8695
Frequency of release: Quarterly
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County
Survey name(s): Crime Survey for England and Wales
Following the Home Secretary’s acceptance of the recommendations of the National Statistician’s Review of crime statistics in June 2011 the collation and publication of crime statistics moved to the ONS on 1 April 2012. For previous publications please see the Home Office website.
This release represents the fourth such publication from ONS. To provide continuity for users of these statistics the same information previously produced by the Home Office is provided with this release. Data are presented in a slightly different format, including more long-term trends and other data sources. Results of a public consultation on the future dissemination strategy of crime statistics will be published on the ONS website on 31 January 2013.
For information on how to interpret the crime statistics please see the User Guide to Crime Statistics for England and Wales (1.45 Mb Pdf) .
For advance warning of future changes to the police recorded crime collection see the methodological note.
For information on our analysis of variation in crime trends see our methodological note 'Analysis of variation in crime trends: A study of trends in ‘comparable crime’ categories between the Crime Survey for England and Wales and the police recorded crime series between 1981 and 2011/12 (175.4 Kb Pdf) '
In line with the National Statistician’s recommendations an independent Crime Statistics Advisory Committee has also been formed to provide advice on issues related to the collection and presentation of these statistics. Please see the UK Statistics Authority website for further information and minutes of meetings.
Historic police recorded crime data tables can be found on the Home Office website.
Police forces publish provisional recorded crime data at street level on the police website (The Office for National Statistics is not responsible for the content of this website).
A technical report is available providing information on CSEW survey design, weighting and survey response. The latest report is the British Crime Survey (England and Wales) 2010-11 technical report.
Anonymised datasets from the BCS (in SPSS format) are available on the UK Data Archive through the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS). Researchers, including students, who need data for dissertations or practical work can use these datasets.
If you have any queries regarding crime statistics for England and Wales please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.