Figure 1: Crime estimated by the survey has fallen considerably from the peak levels seen in 1995
England and Wales, year ending December 1981 to year ending September 2017
Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales
Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) data on this chart refer to different time periods: a) 1981 to 1999 refer to crimes experienced in the calendar year (January to December) b) 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).
CSEW data relate to adults aged 16 and over or to households.
Until the Office for Statistics Regulation has had time to assess the new estimates on fraud against the Code of Practice for Statistics estimates will be classified as Official Statistics rather than National Statistics.
New victimisation questions on fraud and computer misuse were incorporated into the CSEW from October 2015. Up to the year ending September 2017 the questions were asked of half the survey sample. From October 2017 onwards the questions are being asked of a full survey sample.