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Crime Statistics

Volume 129: debated on Tuesday 15 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the annual number of homicides reported by the police in England and Wales in each year since 1958; and if he will express these figures per million of population in England and Wales.

The number of offences initially recorded as homicide per million population is given in the following table. In each year since 1967, some 10 to 15 per cent. of such offences were not finally recorded as homicide. Figures for homicides recorded by the police are published annually in chapter 4 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", (figures for offences currently recorded as homicide related to population are in table 4.1), copies of which are in the Library. Corresponding information for 1987 is not yet available.

Offences initially recorded by the police as homicide

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and offences per million population.

England and Wales

Year initially recorded

Offences initially recorded as homicide

1

Offences initially recorded as homicide

1

per million population

19582615·8
19592665·9
19602826·2
19612655·7
19622996·4
19633076·5
19642966·3
19653256·8
19663647·6
19674148·6
19684208·6
19693958·1
19703968·1
19714599·4
19724809·8
19734659·5
197459912·2
197550810·3
197656511·5
19774849·8
197853510·9
197962912·8
198062112·6
198155611·2
198261812·5
198355211·1
198461912·4
198562512·5
198666213·3

1 Murder, manslaughter and infanticide

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the current level of burglaries and violent attacks on members of the public.

In the first nine months of 1987 recorded offences of burglary fell by 2·5 per cent. compared to the same period in 1986. Burglaries in dwellings fell by nearly 4 per cent.Recorded offences of violence against the person rose by 11 per cent. Some of this increase is likely to be attributable to increased recording and the greater willingness of victims to come forward, especially to report racial attacks, rapes and domestic violence which have been receiving special police attention in the last year.The handbook "Practical Ways to Crack Crime", published last week, provides valuable guidance for members of the public about how to prevent burglaries and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of violent crime.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the annual number of armed robberies in England and Wales in each year since 1958.

The number of offences recorded by the police in which firearms were reported to have been used, by offence type, is published annually in table 3.1 of "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", copies of which are in the Library. Comparable figures are not available before 1969.