Commenting on today’s figures, Joe Traynor from the Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice said:
“In the last year there has been no change in overall levels of crime. However, this hides variations in different types of crime, in particular continued rises in bank and credit account fraud and falls in computer viruses.
“And while overall levels of violence have remained steady, the number of offences involving a knife has continued to increase across England and Wales. However, the number of homicides where a knife or sharp instrument was involved decreased, driven by falls in London. There is a mixed picture in the total number of knife crime offences across police forces with the Metropolitan Police recording little change in the last year.”
This bulletin reports on the latest figures from our two main sources of crime data: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) indicated a continuing rise in fraud with the latest estimates showing a 15% increase (to 3,863,000 offences), driven by a 17% rise in “bank and credit account fraud” to 2,666,000 offences.
All other main crime types measured by CSEW showed no change, including lower-harm violent offences (for example, violence without injury and assault with minor injury). However, police recorded crime gives more insight into the lower-volume but higher-harm violence that the survey either does not cover or does not capture well. These data show:
- a 5% decrease in the number of homicides from 719 to 681 offences. This follows a period of increases over the last four years
- a 4% increase in the number of police recorded offences involving firearms to 6,734 offences
courtesy of People, population and community 17 October 2019
For more information visit: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/crimeinenglandandwalesyearendingjune2019