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Vandalism

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of vandalism were reported in (a) England, (b) Suffolk, (c) Bedfordshire, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Essex, (f) Hertfordshire and (g) Norfolk in each year since 1997. (127868)

The available information relates to offences of criminal damage recorded by the police and the information is in the tables.

Table 1: Offences of criminal damage recorded by the police—1997

Number

England

822,029

Suffolk

7,835

Bedfordshire

8,025

Cambridgeshire

9,250

Essex

18,845

Hertfordshire

9,831

Norfolk

9,782

Table 2: Offences of criminal damage recorded by the police—1998-99 to 2001-02

Number

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

England

823,520

890,756

906,800

1,007,634

Suffolk

7,898

9,547

10,150

12,095

Bedfordshire

7,893

8,048

7,892

8,191

Cambridgeshire

11,925

12,110

13,197

13,972

Essex

18,834

21,766

24,673

26,990

Hertfordshire

10,177

11,560

13,839

15,302

Norfolk

10,393

10,978

11,481

13,065

Note: 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: Offences of criminal damage recorded by the police—2002-03 to 2005-06

Number

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

England

1,043,197

1,139,308

1,121,057

1,107,752

Suffolk

11,497

12,817

12,781

13,067

Bedfordshire

10,050

11,065

10,561

10,817

Cambridgeshire

16,153

16,534

16,227

14,680

Essex

30,337

34,253

32,406

30,564

Hertfordshire

17,988

19,887

20,762

20,986

Norfolk

16,030

17,462

17,470

17,577

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.