Data on this chart refer to different time periods: 1981 to 1999 refer to crimes experienced in the calendar year (January to December); and from year ending March 2002 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). The latest two years relate to interviews carried out between January and December.
Data relate to adults aged 16 years and over or to households.
New victimisation questions on fraud and computer misuse were incorporated into the CSEW from October 2015. The questions were asked of half the survey sample initially, and have been asked of the full sample since October 2017. These offences need to be excluded when looking at changes over the long-term to make figures comparable.
In March 2018, the new CSEW estimates on fraud and computer misuse were assessed by the Office for Statistics Regulation against the Code of Practice for Statistics and were awarded National Statistics status.