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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of (a) criminal damage and (b) graffiti there were in England in each of the last 10 years. (91401)

Incidents of criminal damage recorded by the police and estimated by the British Crime Survey (BCS) are reported annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin ‘Crime in England and Wales’.

Current figures can be found in the following table. These are produced for England and Wales as a whole. Separate figures for England are not currently available. The BCS, which provides the best measure of trends over time, shows that there has been a 19 per cent. fall in incidents of criminal damage between 1995 and 2005-06.

Incidents of graffiti are included within the overall count of criminal damage and it is not possible to provide separate estimates from the either police recorded crime statistics or the BCS.

Trends in criminal damage, police recorded crime statistics and the British Crime Survey, 1995 to 2005-06

Number (thousand)

1995

1996

1997

Police recorded crime statistics

Total criminal damage

914

951

877

BCS

All vandalism

3,366

n/a

2,866

Unweighted base1

16,337

14,937

1998-992,3

1999-20004

2000-01

2001-02

Police recorded crime statistics

Total criminal damage

880

946

960

1,064

BCS

All vandalism

n/a

2,861

n/a

2,603

Unweighted base1

19,398

32,787

2002-035,6

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Police recorded crime statistics

Total criminal damage

1,121

1,219

1,198

1,185

BCS

All vandalism

2,535

2,465

2,564

2,731

Unweighted base1

36,450

37,891

45,069

47,729

1 Unweighted base refers to the number of households interviewed by the BCS upon which the estimates are based. 2 Change from calendar year to financial year in reporting of recorded crime. 3 The number of crimes recorded by the police in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998. 4 Figures for BCS relate to calendar year 1999. 5 Numbers of recorded crime offences will be affected by changes in reporting and recording. For further information see chapter 3 in ‘Crime in England and Wales 2002/03’. 6 Police recorded crime includes figures from the British Transport Police from 2002/03 onwards. Source:Crime in England and Wales 2005/06Home Office Statistical Bulletin 12/06, July 2006 and associated web tables http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/hosb1206tab201.xls and http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs/100years.xls

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monitoring he has undertaken of the ethnic origin of those subject to antisocial behaviour orders. (93305)

Statistics are not currently collated centrally on the ethnicity of people given an ASBO. The decision to grant an ASBO as a means of protecting a community or individuals from antisocial behaviour rests with the courts, and the agencies that apply for such orders are themselves public bodies that are thus subject to the race equality duty.