Crime Survey for England and Wales

The Crime Survey for England and Wales is an important monitor of the extent of crime in England and Wales. It is used by the Government to evaluate and develop crime reduction policies as well as providing vital information about the changing levels of crime over the last 30 years.

The survey is conducted by Kantar Public on behalf of the Office for National Statistics.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales has measured crime in since 1981. Used alongside police recorded crime data it is a valuable source of information for the government about the extent and nature of crime in England and Wales.

The survey measures crime by asking members of the public, such as yourself, about their experiences of crime over the last 12 months. In this way the survey records all types of crimes experienced by people, including those crimes that may not have been reported to the police. It is important that we hear from people who have experienced crime and also those who have not experienced any crime in the last 12 months, so that we can show an accurate picture of crime in the country.

The Crime Survey is different this year

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on many different aspects of society and how we all live our lives. Crime is no exception and there is already evidence that the nature of crime may be changing in response to our changed circumstances. It is therefore important for us to carry on collecting information about crime even in these challenging times.

For almost 40 years we have collected information by conducting interviews in-home. This year, because of the government advice around reducing contact, we are conducting a shorter version of the survey by telephone.

Over the next few months, around 40,000 households across England and Wales will be invited to participate in the survey. In previous years three quarters of households invited to take part agreed to participate. It is thanks to this cooperation from the public that the survey can provide the robust information needed by government to make important decisions about policies related to crime and justice.