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Crime (Merseyside)

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the crime trends on Merseyside since 1995; which criminal activity has declined most in Merseyside since 1995; and what estimate he has made of the reasons for that decline; [116472](2) what the total number of crimes recorded per head of population was in Merseyside in each year since 2000. [116474]

Information on the total number of recorded crimes per 100,000 of the population is given in the table.

Number of recorded crimes per 100,000 population: Merseyside
Number of offences
1999–200010,513
2001–0110,174
Recorded crimes by offence group—Merseyside1
199519961997
Offence groupOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 populationOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 populationOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 population
Violence against the person8,0985.68,2365.88,0835.7
Sexual Offences9370.78910.69060.6
Robbery2,7681.92,9852.12,1411.5
Burglary34,49724.029,43720.626,26618.5
Theft and Handling74,79752.171,39350.058,52041.2
Fraud and Forgery4,2593.04,2883.04,2693.0
Criminal Damage25,85518.026,90718.923,67716.7
Drug Offences3
Other Offences2,1741.51,8191.32,1171.5
Total153,385106.9145,956102.3125,97988.7
1998–9922000–012001–02
Offence groupOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 populationOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 populationOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 populationOffences recordedOffences per 1,000 population
Violence against the person12,2088.614,63910.415,85511.316,03011.4
Sexual Offences1,0190.79350.79820.71,0180.7
Robbery2,4841.82,6631.92,4051.73,1552.3
Burglary26,49818.825,63818.223,93817.125,47818.2
Theft and Handling59,04441.862,23044.257,84441.259,69842.5
Fraud and Forgery4,8843.54,7943.45,0213.65,3803.8
Criminal Damage27,46519.430,82221.930,59321.833,89924.2
Drug Offences35,6204.04,8383.44,4213.24,3903.1
Other Offences1,6521.21,6131.11,7481.31,8861.3
Total140,87499.7148,172105.1142,807101.7150,934107.6
1 Crime statistics were collected on a calendar year basis up to 1997, and on a financial year basis thereafter.
2 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date, and figures calculated from them, may therefore not be directly comparable.
3 Prior to April 1998, the only drug offences recorded were 'Trafficking in controlled drugs', which were recorded within the Other Offences Group. After this date, the Home Office Counting Rules were revised and expanded to include the further drug offences of 'Possession of controlled drugs' and 'Other drug offences'.
Number of recorded cirmes per 100,000 population: Merseyside
Number of offences
2001–0210,755
1 Numbers will be affected by the size of the resident population relative to the transient or visiting populations and may therefore over-represent the number of crimes relative to the real population of potential victims.
There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which had a tendency to increase the number of offences counted. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date, and figures calculated from them, willtherefore not be directly comparable.The table contains recorded crime figures for the number of offences recorded and the number of offences per 1,000 population for the nine main offence groups. Despite the change in counting rules the figures show that the offence group with the biggest decline in the number of offences recorded per 1,000 population from 1995 to 2001–02 is Theft and Handling. This group includes vehicle crime offences. The offence group with the largest percentage decrease is burglary.