Figure 18: Police recorded sexual offences are at their highest volume since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2002
England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending December 2018
Source: Home Office - Police recorded crime
- Police recorded crime are not designated as National Statistics.
- The Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced in May 2004, altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.
- Lancashire Police Force were unable to provide police recorded crime for November and December 2018. Therefore, totals for year ending December 2018 were produced using an estimate for these months.
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