1. Our priorities

The type and nature of crime is constantly evolving. One of our challenges is making sure we keep up to date with latest trends and provide the best overview of crime from all available sources. In the past we have implemented both user feedback and Office for National Statistics (ONS)-led improvements including:

  • improving the crime survey to include fraud and computer misuse
  • adding survey questions on abuse experienced as a child
  • extending the age range for the self-completion part of the survey
  • implementing an improved methodology for repeat victimisation

In the last year we have:

  • designed and set up the Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW) to collect data on crime while face-to-face interviewing has been paused as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and published analysis on Coronavirus and crime in England and Wales

  • compiled a range of indicators from different data sources for the first time in our child abuse compendium to enable better understanding of the extent and circumstances of child abuse

  • redeveloped the domestic abuse release to better meet user needs

  • published an article and new tables on the nature of fraud and computer misuse

  • published an article bringing together data sources on modern slavery to help understand the nature of this crime and the potential demand on support services

  • published a bulletin on childhood vulnerability and victimisation covering victimisation and negative behaviours of children aged 10 to 15 years living with adult domestic abuse, substance abuse and mental ill-health (the toxic trio)

  • collected and compiled data for presentation at various taskforce meetings to inform policymakers of trends in burglary and vehicle theft offences

  • published the first results from the new online behaviour module that was added to the 10- to 15-year-olds children’s CSEW

Over the coming year, we are facing increased uncertainty as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our ability to collect the data we would usually through our face-to-face crime survey. Over this period, we will continue to engage with stakeholders to make the best use of available sources to understand trends in the extent and nature of crime.

Although our plans may be liable to change as we remain responsive to emerging priorities, over the next 12 months we plan to:

  • continue to explore how best to measure crime during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in the future; including the possibility of extending the use of TCSEW, returning to face-to-face interviewing and transformation of the crime survey

  • better address inequalities in victimisation and highlight those groups in society that are at most risk of experiencing crime by carrying out further analysis, which will be released in a new publication on inequalities in 2021

  • publish the next sexual offences article in early 2021 that will provide analyses on sexual assaults from the year ending March 2020 CSEW and crimes recorded by the police

  • publish findings from the first stage of the feasibility study of a child abuse prevalence survey

Further information can be found in our annual update document Improving Crime Statistics for England and Wales.

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2. Recent releases

Drug misuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2020
Article | Released on 9 December 2020
An overview of the extent and trends of illicit drug use for the year ending March 2020. Data are from the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Domestic abuse in England and Wales overview: November 2020
Bulletin | Released on 25 November 2020
Figures on domestic abuse from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, police recorded crime and a number of different organisations.

Online bullying in England and Wales: year ending March 2020
Bulletin | Released on 16 November 2020
Estimates of the prevalence and nature of online bullying among children using data from the 10- to 15-year-olds’ Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

Childhood vulnerability to victimisation in England and Wales: year ending March 2017 to year ending March 2019
Bulletin | Released on 5 November 2020
Victimisation and negative behaviours of children aged 10 to 15 years living in a household with an adult who reported experiencing domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental ill-health (the so-called "toxic trio" factors) based on findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2020
Bulletin | Released 28 October 2020
Crime against households and adults, also including data on crime experienced by children, and crimes against businesses and society.

Links to further publications can be found on our Crime and Justice page.

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4. Contact us

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5. Privacy information

For more information on our latest privacy information please visit our Data Protection pages.

Further privacy information related to our main sources of crime data can be found here:

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