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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 25, 2008: Some Crime Is Falling: It's Official

According to Home Office figures just released, recorded crime in England and Wales dropped by 12% in the final three months of 2007, compared with the same period in 2006. However, drug offences grew by 20% and firearm offences also rose by 4% (though gun-crime deaths were fewer).

The British Crime Survey (BCS) interviews for the year ending in December 2007 were also published. They showed a decrease in the risk of being a victim of crime, compared with the year to December 2006 (23% as against 24%).

According to 'Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to December 2007', the risk of being a victim has gone back to its lowest level since the survey began in 1981.

  • The total of crimes recorded by police fell by 12% for the quarter ending in December 2007 (compared with the same quarter a year earlier).
  • BCS interviews showed levels of violent crime to be stable
    compared with the year ending in December 2006. Recorded violence against the person for the quarter ending in December 2007 fell by 10% (compared with the same period a year earlier).
  • BCS interviews to December 2007 indicated domestic burglary remained stable, vehicle-related thefts dropped by 10%,and vandalism fell by 8% compared with the previous year.
  • Recorded crime showed a 5% drop in domestic burglary for the quarter ending in December 2007, as well as a 19% drop in offences against vehicles and a 17% drop in criminal damage.
  • Recorded drug offences for October to December 2007 rose by 20% compared with the same period in 2006. Recent
    rises in drug offending may be mainly linked with increased police use of powers to issue cannabis warnings.
  • In the year ending in December 2007, there were provisionally 9,967 firearm offences, an increase of 4% (373
    offences) compared with the year ending in December 2006.