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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

April 26, 2007: New British Crime Survey Figures

Overall crime in England and Wales has remained stable according to British Crime Survey (BCS) interview data, and has fallen by two per cent according to recorded crime statistics, both published in the quarterly update Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly update to December 2006 published today and available online on the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website.

Whilst the BCS showed violent crime as stable during 2006, there were 4,000 fewer violent crime incidents recorded by police compared with the same quarter in 2005, with the greatest falls in serious violent crime. Robberies went up slightly.

The BCS estimates 11.1 million crimes were committed against adults living in private households in the 12 months ending December 2006. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that the BCS has shown non-significant increases in all BCS crime. The overall level of crime recorded by the police in quarter ending in  December 2006 decreased by two per cent compared with the same quarter in the previous year.

The BCS shows a statistically significant increase in the risk of being a victim, from 23 per cent in the year to December 2005 to 24 per cent in the year to December 2006. It is argued that this partly reflects statistically significant increases in the overall risk of household crime and of being a victim of vandalism, and is the same level as for the year to September 2006. The risk of being a victim of crime is still significantly lower than the peak of 40 per cent recorded by the BCS in 1995

Statistics from the BCS for the year ending December 2006 show:

  • Overall crime levels stable at 11.1 million crimes
  • Violent crime stable
  • Risk of crime up by 1 percentage point from 23 to 24 per cent
  • Personal crime and household crime both stable
  • Vehicle thefts stable
  • Theft from the person stable
  • Vandalism up by 11 per cent

The recorded crime quarterly update to December 2006 shows:

  • Total recorded crime down 2 per cent
  • Domestic burglary down 3 per cent
  • Vehicle thefts down 3 per cent
  • Violence against the person down 2 per cent
  • Robbery up 8 per cent
  • Drug offences up 3 per cent