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Crime: Statistics

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1251W, on crime: statistics, whether a perceived lack of response on previous occasions has been adduced as a reason for not reporting crime. (200474)

The British crime survey (BCS) does collect information on reasons why victims had not reported crimes to the police. However, the BCS does not collect information specifically on whether crimes had not been reported to the police due to lack of response on previous occasions. These cases would be included in the broader category of people who had not reported crimes to the police due to previous bad experience with the police or the courts/dislike or fear of the police.

Information on reasons given for not reporting crimes to the police based on the latest figures (2006-07 BCS) is included in the following table, which is published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/07 Crime in England and Wales 2006/07, table 2.11 at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb1107.pd

Table1: Reasons for not reporting crime to the police, 2006-07

Percentage

Vandalism

Burglary

Thefts from vehicles and attempts1

Other household theft

Other personal theft

BCS violence2

Comparable subset3

All BCS

Trivial/no loss/police would not/could not do anything4

83

70

84

81

66

46

71

72

Private/dealt with ourselves

10

17

10

13

13

34

17

16

Inconvenient to report

5

6

7

5

6

4

6

6

Reported to other authorities

2

2

1

2

14

8

4

5

Common occurrence

3

2

2

1

3

4

3

3

Fear of reprisal

3

4

0

2

1

7

3

3

Dislike or fear of the police/previous bad experience with the police or courts

2

2

1

1

1

2

2

2

Other5

3

9

5

3

9

10

6

6

Unweighted base

2,805

362

1,323

1,414

604

933

6,234

8,252

1 Thefts of vehicles not shown as very few incidents were not reported.

2 Comparable BCS violence includes wounding, robbery, assault with minor injury and assault with no injury.

3 The comparable crime subset includes vandalism, burglary, vehicle theft, bicycle theft, wounding, assault with and without minor injury and robbery.

4 Too trivial/no loss/would not have been interested/police could not do anything/attempt at offence was unsuccessful are merged due to the similarity in their definition, for example: a respondent who thinks the incident was too trivial may code the incident as ‘too trivial, no loss’ or ‘the police would not be interested’ as these two codes may be understood as meaning the same.

5 This category includes: something that happens as part of job; partly my/friend’s/relative’s fault; offender not responsible for actions; thought someone else had reported incident/similar incidents; tried to report but was not able to contact the police/police not interested; other.

Source:

2006-07 BCS. More than one reason could be given.