18/10/2012

Fall In Crime Across England And Wales

Official statistics show a 6%fall in crimes against adults in England and Wales for the year ending in June.

Crimes recorded by the police also fell by 6% in the same period.

This continues the downward trend in recorded crime seen since 2004/05.

However, the Office of National Statistics said it was too early to conclude that there was an emerging downward trend in the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales.

All of the main categories of police recorded crime fell in the year ending June 2012 compared with the previous year. The period includes the August 2011 riots.

However, pick-pocketing - officially known as theft from the person - showed a 6% increase.

Other statistics for the same period showed:

• Offences of violence against the person recorded by the police

showed a 6% decrease compared with the previous year,

continuing the decline seen since 2006/07.

• Homicide decreased by 14% and attempted murder fell 12%,

and violence against the person with injury decreased by 8%.

• Levels of violent crime estimated by the Crime Survey showed

no statistically significant change in the year.

Results from the latest Crime Survey - which asks people whether they have been the victim of any offences during the past year - showed statistically significant decreases for incidents of vandalism, vehicle-related theft and burglary with entry, compared with the previous year.

The overall level of crime recorded by the police dropped to 3.9 million in the 12 months to June.

However, the Crime Survey suggested that there were 9.1 million offences committed against households and resident adults in England and Wales and 0.9 million against children aged 10-15 living in such households.

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