Figure 11: The recent fall in crimes involving firearms is driven by a decrease in imitation firearm offences
England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending December 2018
Source: Home Office - Police recorded crime
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons.
Data are provisional and have not been reconciled with police forces.
South Wales Police have not supplied firearms data for April to December 2018. Although the number of these offences in this force is relatively low, this will have a small impact on the overall picture of offences involving firearms.
Imitation firearms include replica weapons, as well as low-powered weapons which fire small plastic pellets, such as BB guns and soft air weapons.
Other firearms include CS gas / pepper spray, stun guns and other weapons.
Figures exclude conventional air weapons, such as air rifles.