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Crime in England and Wales 2009/10: Findings From the British Crime Survey and Police Recorded Crime (Third Edition)

NCJ Number
232091
Editor(s)
John Flatley, Chris Kershaw, Kevin Smith, Rupert Chaplin, Debbie Moon
Date Published
July 2010
Length
220 pages
Annotation
This report presents the latest levels and trends in crime in England and Wales for 2009-2010 based on two sets of crime statistics: the British Crime Survey (BCS) and police recorded crime data.
Abstract
Highlights from the 2009-2010 report include: (1) weapons were used in about 1 in 5 (19 percent) violent crimes as measured by the 2009-2010 British Crime Survey (BCS); (2) longer-term trends from the BCS show that since 1995, the number of violent incidents has fallen by half (50 percent) and is now at a similar level to 1981; (3) overall police recorded property crime fell by 10 percent between 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, from 3,352,989 offenses to 3,032,182; (4) as in previous years, respondents perceived the main causes of crime as lack of discipline from parents (27 percent) and drugs (26 percent); (5) the risk of being a victim of any household crime was higher in the most deprived areas compared with the least deprived areas in England; (6) police recorded 616 homicides, down 6 percent on the previous year; (7) there were 54,509 sexual offenses recorded by the police, a 6 percent increase compared to 2008-2009; and (8) the risk of being a victim of any household crime was higher for households living in urban than rural areas (18 percent compared with 12 percent). The most significant finding is that both the BCS and police recorded crime are consistent in showing falls in overall crime compared to 2008-2009; overall BCS crime decreased by 9 percent and police recorded crime by 8 percent. This report presents the latest levels and trends in crime in England and Wales for 2009-2010 based on two sets of crime statistics: the British Crime Survey (BCS) and police recorded crime data. The main themes from the report include: extent and trends; violent and sexual crime; acquisitive and other property crime; public perceptions; detection of crime; and geographic patterns of crime. Tables, figures, and bibliography