Overview:

  • based on the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime
  • both ONS and Home Office (HO) are involved in the production of crime statistics
  • the overall sample size for the CSEW includes 35,000 households

We publish quarterly figures on the levels and trends of crime in England and Wales to help address the significant interest there is in crime statistics, from a wide range of users. These users include elected national and local representatives, police forces, those delivering support or services to victims of crime, lobby groups, journalists, academic researchers, teachers and students.

Crime in England and Wales has two main data sources: The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime. The CSEW is a face-to-face victimisation survey in which people are asked about their experiences of crime in the 12 months prior to the interview. Police recorded crime figures are supplied by the 43 territorial police forces of England and Wales and the British Transport Police.

Together, the CSEW and police recorded crime, provide a more comprehensive picture than could be obtained from either source alone. However, neither aim to provide complete counts of crime and both have limitations.

A range of supplementary sources are also used to provide a more complete picture of crime. These include the Commercial Victimisation Survey, fraud statistics, anti-social behaviour incidents and recorded non-notifiable offences.

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