What is a Crime ?
In the UK, a crime is defined as any act or omission that is prohibited by law and is punishable by the state through fines, imprisonment, or other penalties.. Crimes can range from minor offences, such as motoring/traffic offences or petty theft, to serious crimes, such as assault, murder, or drug trafficking.
What is a Criminal ?
Under UK law, a criminal is defined as a person who has committed a criminal offence. The specific offenses that are considered criminal under UK law are defined by various statutes, including the Theft Act 1968, the Fraud Act 2006, and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, among others.
What are Crime Statistics ?
Crime statistics in the UK refer to the collection and analysis of data on crime rates, patterns, and trends across the country. These statistics are usually compiled by government agencies, such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and are used to inform policies and strategies for reducing crime and ensuring public safety.
The ONS are the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute. They e are responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. They also conduct the census in England and Wales every 10 years.
Some commonly reported crime statistics in the UK include the overall number of crimes recorded, the number of specific types of crimes (such as violent crime or burglary), and the crime rate per capita.
These statistics may also include information on the demographics of offenders and victims, as well as the locations and times of reported crimes.
Where can I find Crime Stats online ?
There are multiple crime stat resources available and these are a selection of the most popular :-
You can check crime in your area at Police.uk
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also publish crime data
Crime in England and Wales: year ending September 2022 is the latest report
Crime in England and Wales: Police Force Area data tables are published in excel format
“The number of police recorded crimes, percentage change from previous year and rate per 1,000 population by offence group, firearms, knife and sharp instrument, fraud and anti-social behaviour offences by Police Force Area.”
ukcrimestats who say they are the leading crime and postcode data research and analysis platform, also publish crime data that can be searched in a variety of ways :-
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