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Crime in England and Wales 2001/2002

NCJ Number
Jon Simmons
Date Published
July 2002
192 pages
This document combines the reporting of police recorded crime and British Crime Survey (BCS) results to give crime statistics for England and Wales for 2001 to 2002.
Crime appears to have been stable over the last year, following a period of consistent decline. The estimate for crimes against adults living in private households is just over 13 million. This is a decrease of 2 percent. The total number of crimes was 5,527,199, an increase of 7 percent. Changes in police recording practice mean that the underlying increase is estimated to be 2 percent. Just over 10 million crimes were comparable with those recorded by police statistics. An estimated 42 percent were reported to the police, of those reported an estimated 60 percent were recorded by the police. The most common offenses involved some type of theft, 57 percent of the total. Eight percent of crimes were burglaries. Violent crimes comprise 22 percent of offenses reported. The majority of these were common assaults that involved at most minimal injury (62 percent of all violent offenses reported to the survey). Of the total crimes recorded, 82 percent were offenses against property. Forty-one percent was accounted for by theft and handling offenses, 16 percent by burglary, and 19 percent by criminal damage of various sorts. Eighteen percent of police recorded crime was accounted for by thefts of or from vehicles. Violent crime accounted for 15 percent of police recorded crimes. Robbery accounted for 15 percent of police recorded violence and 2 percent of all police recorded crime. A further 5 percent of police recorded violence is accounted for by sexual offenses, 4 percent by more serious violence (such as serious wounding), and 76 percent by less serious types of violence. 62 tables, 3 appendices