Crime Survey for England and Wales

About the Crime Survey for England and Wales

The Crime Survey for England and Wales records crimes that may not have been reported to the police, so it is used as an alternative to police records. Without the Crime Survey, the government would have no information on these unreported crimes. Typically the Crime Survey records a higher number of crimes than police figures because it includes these unreported crimes as well.

The Crime Survey also covers new and emerging crimes, for example some types of fraud.

As well as measuring crime, the Crime Survey for England and Wales looks at:

  • Identifying those most at risk of crime, which is used in designing crime prevention programmes.
  • People’s attitudes to crime and the Criminal Justice System, including the police and the courts.
  • People’s experiences of anti-social behaviour and how this has affected their quality of life.

The survey also provides other valuable information about the nature of crimes, such as the location and timing of crimes, the characteristics of offenders and the relationship between victims and offenders.  By understanding the nature of crime better policy makers are able to make sure crime reduction policies are focussed where they can make most impact.

From 2009 the survey has included a separate survey to record the experiences of young people aged 10-15.   This interview is shorter than the adult interview. Young people are selected to take part from households selected for the adult survey. Permission from a parent or guardian is always obtained before an interview is conducted with anyone aged 10-15.

What happens to the survey results?
The results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales are published by the Office for National Statistics.  The full results are published annually each July with quarterly updates published in October, January and April.  The public can use the findings from the survey to understand for themselves what is happening to the level of crime in the country.

Click on the link below to go to the publications of results on the ONS website:
Results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (ONS publications)

Previous results are published on the Home Office website.



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