1. Our priorities

The type and nature of crime is constantly evolving. One of our challenges is making sure we keep up to date with latest trends and provide the best overview of crime from all available sources.

Measuring crime in the last year has been particularly challenging because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and government instructions to limit social contact. We have adapted both our data collection and the presentation of our statistics in response to the unfolding pandemic.

In the last year we have:

  • designed and set up the Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW) whilst face-to-face interviewing has been paused

  • published a report on the comparability of TCSEW data with face-to-face Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) data

  • set up a pilot study to explore the feasibility of using an address-based online survey for participant recruitment and online surveying

This work has allowed us to continue publishing our regular crime bulletins and to make improvements to our statistics as the type and nature of crime evolve. In the last year we have implemented both user feedback and Office for National Statistics (ONS)-led improvements including:

Over the coming year we will continue to face uncertainty around our ability to collect the data we need to measure crime as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold. Although our plans may be liable to change as we remain responsive to emerging priorities, over the next 12 months we plan to:

  • continue redevelopment of the crime survey for future use

  • conduct further research on the benefits and limitations of different data collection modes (face-to-face, telephone, online) for measuring crime, including sensitive topics such as domestic abuse, as well as measuring crimes against children

  • explore how we can better measure crime harm using sources of data independent of police recorded crime

Further information can be found in our annual update document Improving Crime Statistics for England and Wales.

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2. Recent releases

Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2021
Bulletin | Released 22 July 2021
Crime against households and adults, also including data on crime experienced by children, and crimes against businesses and society.

Sexual offences in England and Wales overview: year ending March 2020
Bulletin | Released on 18 March 2021
Figures on sexual offences from the year ending March 2020 Crime Survey for England and Wales and crimes recorded by police.

The nature of violent crime in England and Wales: Year ending March 2020
Article | Released on 25 February 2021
A summary of violent crime from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime.

Homicide in England and Wales: year ending March 2020
Article | Released on 25 February 2021
Analyses of information held within the Home Office Homicide Index, which contains detailed record-level information about each homicide recorded by police in England and Wales.

Children's online behaviour in England and Wales: year ending March 2020
Bulletin | Released on 9 February 2021
The prevalence and nature of online activity among children, using data from the 10- to 15-year-old's Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

Exploring the feasibility of a survey measuring child abuse in the UK: January 2021
Article | Released on 21 January 2021
Findings from the first phase of research to date, to understand whether a new survey to measure the current extent and nature of child abuse in the UK is viable.

Links to further publications can be found on our Crime and Justice page

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4. Contact us

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5. Privacy information

For more information on our latest privacy information please visit our Data Protection pages.

Further privacy information related to our main sources of crime data can be found here:

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