Figure 1: Trends in Crime Survey for England and Wales and police recorded crime, year ending December 1981 to year ending December 2016
Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales, Office for National Statistics and Police recorded crime, Home Office
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
Prior to the year ending March 2002, CSEW respondents were asked about their experience of crime in the previous calendar year, so year-labels identify the year in which the crime took place. Following the change to continuous interviewing, respondents' experience of crime relates to the full 12 months prior to interview (that is, a moving reference period). Year-labels for year ending March 2002 onwards identify the CSEW year of interview.
From the year ending March 2012 onwards, police recorded crime data has included offences from additional sources of fraud data.
CSEW data relates to either adults aged 16 and over or to households.
Some forces have revised their data and police recorded crime totals may not agree with those previously published.
Data on fraud and computer misuse are published as Experimental Statistics, which are in the testing phase and not yet fully developed. They are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development, and as a means to build in quality at an early stage.
New victimisation questions on fraud and computer misuse were incorporated into the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) from October 2015. Estimates are based on approximately 17,500 cases gathered in the previous 12 months. The questions are currently asked of half the survey sample to test for detrimental effects on the survey as a whole and help ensure that the historical time series is protected.
YE refers to year ending.
The data on this chart refer to different time periods: a) 1981 to 1999 refer to crimes experienced in the calendar year (January to December) b) from year ending March 2002 onwards the estimates relate to crimes experienced in the 12 months before interview, based on interviews carried out in that financial year (April to March) c) the last two data points relate to interviews carried out in the rolling 12 month periods for the latest available 2 years (January to December) .