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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

July 22, 2004: New Crime Figures Published

Crime in England and Wales 2003/2004 has just been issued by the Home Office. This key publication combines statistics from the British Crime Survey (BCS) and the figures from crimes recorded by police to provide a barometer of contemporary patterns and trends in the main high volume crimes. There are chapters on Levels and Trends of Crime, Reporting and Recording Crime, Property crime, Violent Crime, Patterns of Crime and Detection of Crime

There will always be some discrepancy between the number of crimes recorded by the police and the number measured by the BCS. Political point scoring aside, however, these are arguably complementary figures; police statistics offer a useful barometer of trends in well-reported crimes, and provide a gauge of police workload (and can also be used for local crime pattern analysis).

The BCS arguably offers a more complete estimate of crime in England and Wales (for the types of crime it covers, and the victims within its scope) since it covers both unreported and unrecorded crime and provides more reliable data on trends. The BCS is also not affected by changes in levels of reporting to the police, and in police recording practices.

Key findings:

  • Overall crime has fallen by 5% in the last year, according to the BCS. There has been a 1% increase the number of crimes recorded by the police in 2003/04 compared with 2002/03.

  • Since the peak in 1995, BCS crime has fallen by 39%, with vehicle crime and burglary falling by roughly half and violent crime falling by over a third during this period.

  • The risk of becoming a victim of crime has fallen from 40% in 1995 to 26% according to BCS interviews in 2003/04, the lowest level recorded since the BCS began in 1981.

  • According to the BCS, there has been a fall in the proportion of people believing that crime has increased over the past two years, both in their local area and in the country as a whole, compared with the previous year.

  • Levels of worry about the main crime types have fallen compared with the previous year, as has the level of perceived anti-social behaviour. The latter has fallen from 21% to 16%.

  • Levels of confidence in most aspects of the criminal justice system have improved compared with the previous year.