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Crime Statistics

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported crimes there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and Wales in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2002 and (iv) 2006, broken down by type of crime. (112699)

Available information is given in the following tables. The latest data are for financial year 2005-06. Data for Cornwall were not collected in 1992 or 1997.

Table 1: Recorded crime by offence group for Cornwall (combined Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall, Penwith and Restormel CDRPs)

2002-03

2005-06

Violence against the person

6,197

Sexual offences

389

456

Robbery

97

93

Burglary

4,254

3,525

Theft and handling

15,087

12,077

Fraud and forgery

1,605

987

Criminal damage

8,553

9,187

Drug offences

1,303

1,130

Other offences

402

417

Total crime

38,317

34,069

Note:

Recorded crime by CDRP not available in 1992 and 1997

Table 2: Recorded crime by offence group for South West region

1992

1997

Violence against the person

14,798

21,930

Sexual offences

2,340

2,799

Robbery

2,197

2,690

Burglary

107,476

77,594

Theft and handling

247,909

188,575

Fraud and forgery

16,824

9,463

Criminal damage

50,483

55,753

Drug offences

1,261

1,705

Other offences

1,859

2,123

Total crime

445,147

362,632

Notes:

1. Prior to April 1998, ‘trafficking in controlled drugs’ was the only drug offence included in the recorded crime series.

2. The introduction of the revised counting rules in April 1998 expanded offence coverage. This included the addition of ‘possession of controlled drugs’ and ‘other drug offences’. These data are not comparable with later years.

2002-03

2005-06

Violence against the person

85,715

Sexual offences

4,184

5,112

Robbery

5,508

3,634

Burglary

68,173

48,183

Theft and handling

193,808

156,925

Fraud and forgery

28,890

19,312

Criminal damage

84,891

95,744

Drug offences

10,404

13,184

Other offences

4,782

5,567

Total crime

467,403

433,376

Note:

Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These data are not comparable with earlier years.

Table 3: Recorded crime by offence group for England and Wales

1992

1997

Violence against the person

201,777

250,827

Sexual offences

29,528

33,165

Robbery

52,894

63,072

Burglary

1,355,274

1,015,075

Theft and handling

2,851,638

2,164,952

Fraud and forgery

168,600

134,398

Criminal damage

892,623

877,042

Drug offences

13,809

23,153

Other offences

25,574

36,643

Total crime

5,591,717

4,598,327

Notes:

1. Prior to April 1998, ‘trafficking in controlled drugs’ was the only drug offence included in the recorded crime series.

2. The introduction of the revised counting rules in April 1998 expanded offence coverage. This included the addition of ‘possession of controlled drugs’ and ‘other drug offences’. These data are not comparable with later years.

2002-03

2005-06

Violence against the person

845,085

1,059,913

Sexual offences

49,243

62,081

Robbery

110,271

98,204

Burglary

890,099

645,118

Theft and handling

2,411,583

2,019,284

Fraud and forgery

331,098

233,005

Criminal damage

1,120,610

1,184,683

Drug offences

143,320

178,502

Other offences

73,651

75,723

Total crime

5,974,960

5,556,513

Note:

Numbers of recorded crime were affected by changes in reporting and recording following the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These data are not comparable with earlier years.