Crime rate falls to the lowest it’s been since 1981, survey finds

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24th April 2015 14:44 - Public Consultation

Recent figures from The Office of National Statistics has shown that in 2014,  the crime rate in England and Wales dropped by 7 per cent to Crime rate falls to the lowest it’s been since 1981, survey findsapproximately 6.9 million incidents, the lowest level since 1981.

The Office of National Statistics claimed that the fall added to the on-going downward trend in crime in England and Wales, which has been going on since the mid-1990s.

At the moment, the crime rate is 64 per cent below its peak in 1995. In recent years, the crime rate rapidly decreased, falling 32 per cent since 2008-2009.

Annual figures for police-recorded crime were also published by The Office of National Statistics and show a contrasting picture. The figure for police recorded crime show a 2 per cent increase in overall crimes across England and Wales.

The figures identified a 32 per cent increase in the number of recorded rapes, a 21 per cent increase in violence against another individual and a 14 per cent increase in public order offences.

The Office of National Statistics attributed the increases to improvements in police compliance with national recording standards, whereby police are recording more crimes.

Statisticians believe that the rise in rape and sexual offences reflect an increased willingness of victims to report the incident. They also attribute the rise to improvements in recording practices.

The statisticians also claimed that cases of murder are unlikely to be under-recorded. The Office of National Statistics figures show that in 2014, there were 515 cases of murder in England and Wales, 37 less than 2013, and the lowest number since 1977.

Research by Cardiff University showed a 10 per cent fall during 2013 and 2014, in people going to accident and emergency for treatment of injuries sustained during a violent attack. This supports the idea that the amount of violent crimes is falling.

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