Overall levels of crime showed falls in recent decades, but have remained broadly stable in recent years. While in the last year there has been no change in overall levels of crime, this hides variation seen in individual crime types.
The latest figures show a mixed picture, with continued rises in some types of theft, “bank and credit account fraud” and falls in “computer viruses”.
There were also increases in some of the less frequently occurring but higher-harm types of violence, including offences involving knives or sharp instruments.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated that one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced at least one form of child abuse, whether emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witnessing domestic violence or abuse, before the age of 16 years (8.5 million people).
Many cases of child abuse remain hidden; around one in seven adults who called the National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s (NAPAC’s) helpline had not told anyone about their abuse before.
At 31 March 2019, 52,260 children in England were the subject of a child protection plan (CPP) and 2,820 children in Wales were on the child protection register (CPR) because of experience or risk of abuse or neglect; neglect was the most common category of abuse in England and emotional abuse was the most common in Wales
Data tables and figures that are no longer contained within the publication continue to be made available here for reference and consistency. The data contained in these tables are from four sources: Crime Survey for England and Wales, Home Office police recorded crime, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the Ministry of Justice Criminal Justice Statistics.
Trends in Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) crime experienced by adults and children aged 10 to 15 yearsand Home Office police recorded crime, by offence type. Also includes trends in offender relationship of CSEW violence.
Recorded crime figures for community safety partnerships, which equates in the majority of instances to local authorities. Contains the number of offences for the last 2 years, percentage change between these two time periods and rates per 1,000 population for the last year.
Crime Severity Score (CSS) data for police force areas and community safety partnerships, which equate in the majority of instances to local authorities. Includes a data tool to enable production of summary charts on trends and comparisons between areas.