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Violent Crime

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes were recorded in each year since 1996 (a) in total, (b) in Northamptonshire and (c) in Wellingborough. (82053)

[holding answer 3 July 2006]: The information requested is given in the tables. Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way in which crime is recorded. The effect of the change in counting rules in 1998 was to artificially increase recorded violent crime nationally by more than 80 per cent. while it is estimated that the effect of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002 caused a further 20 per cent. increase in recorded violent crime in its first year.

Table 1: Recorded violent crime—1996 and 1997

Number of offences

1996

1997

England and Wales

344,766

347,064

Northamptonshire

3,584

3,688

Wellingborough

n/a

n/a

n/a = not available.

Table 2: Recorded violent crime—1998-99 to 2001-02

Number of offences

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

England and Wales

605,797

703,107

733,374

813,121

Northamptonshire

5,995

5,896

6,051

6,973

Wellingborough

n/a

960

878

913

n/a = not available. Notes: 1. The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997. 2. The data in this table is prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 3: Recorded violent crime—2002-03 to 2004-05

Number of offences

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

England and Wales

991,563

1,109,016

1,184,702

Northamptonshire

11,431

12,834

12,678

Wellingborough

1,544

1,462

1,491

Note: The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.