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Crime in England & Wales is a document that combines both Recorded Crime Statistics (crime recorded by the police) and the British Crime Survey (crime as experienced by people - gathered from surveys) into a single document that will make comparisons between the two easier, and give a more complete picture of crime. The Home Office has produced an online tool that takes the data from Crime in England and Wales and allows you to interrogate it. You can look at specific regions or areas, and at either the general crime trend or the trend in 8 crime groupings: burglary, criminal damage, drug offences, fraud, robbery, sexual offences, vehicle and other theft and violent crimes.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Burglary, criminal damage, drug offences, fraud, robbery, sexual offences, vehicle and other theft and violent crimes.

Violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, offences against vehicles, other theft offences, criminal damage, fraud and forgery, drug offences and other crimes by geographic type, financial year, rate per 1000 population and offence type

Crime, drug, police, law, criminal offence, violence, sexual offences, robbery, bulgary, theft, fraud, forgery.
Identifier Variables
Country, geographic regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Home Office
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Unit of Analysis

Crime in England and Wales. Sample size varies each year by variable of interest. For example, the number of all household crimes was 7592 in 2002/3 and 6751 in 2008/9.

Home office crime reduction
Conditions of Access
Free access
2002/3 - 2007/8 2008/9
Crime Statistics: an independent review. Home Department, 2006.