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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

January 22, 2009: New Quarterly Crime Figures

New  figures which have just been released update the national crime statistics to September 2008. They indicate that crime held steady last year compared to the year before.

The statistics, based on British Crime Survey (BCS) interviews and police records, show that the number of crimes recorded by police fell by 3% during the third quarter of 2008, compared to the same period in 2007.

BCS interviews found that the risk of being a victim (23%) held steady compared to the previous year. The British Crime Survey is believed to be the more reliable measure of trends in crime, as it has a consistent methodology, and is unaffected by changes in reporting by police, or by recording practices which can vary among forces.

BCS figures found that the violent crime held steady, while police recorded violence against a person fell by 6%. There were also falls in police recorded sexual offences (down 7%), and robbery (down 3%), although robberies involving knives or sharp instruments increased by 18%. The apparent decreases in household and personal crime were not statistically significant.

Provisional figures in the report also show a 29% fall in firearms offences.

The BCS figures found that from September 2007 to September 2008:

  • domestic burglary rates remained stable
  • vandalism rates remained stable
  • vehicle-related thefts fell by 10%
  • thefts from people, and home burglary rates also held steady

Drug offences increased by 9%, and fraud and forgery reports increased by 16%, likely as a result of changes in the way cheque and card fraud are recorded.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the figures showed that overall crime is stable, and the risk of becoming a victim remains historically low:

'I welcome the figures which show that overall recorded violent crime is down 6% – more than 15,000 fewer violent crimes - and I congratulate the police for their major role in delivering this. They have also recorded falls in robbery, gun crime and vehicle crime. But we know there is more work to do - with particular crime types, and in particular areas.'

She pointed to a 55% fall in burglary reports since 1997 as a success story:

'That means we know what works, and that’s why in the next fortnight I'll be holding a summit with the police and partners, like Neighbourhood Watch, Age Concern and DIY stores, to make sure we are all doing our bit to keep burglary and other thefts down, and to come up with practical measures that offer real help to people.'

'There will be a small minority of criminals who think they can take advantage in tough times. Let me tell them now, they can’t and they won’t.'

She said the government will continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with police, whom, she pointed out, the Association of Chief Police Officers said have never been in a better position to fight crime:

'The service is bigger, better and stronger than ever before.'