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Coastal Areas: Crime

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the key crime indicators are in (a) each of the principal seaside towns in England and Wales and (b) the super output layer ward with the (i) highest and (ii) lowest crime rates within each of those towns. (234940)

Information is not available in the form requested. The Home Office collects and publishes statistics for seven key offences for each local authority area in England and Wales. It is likely that some seaside towns will equate to the local authority area. The local authority data is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/laa1b.xls

Although the Home Office does not currently collect recorded crime data at super output area (SOA) level for all police forces in England and Wales, data have been collected at this level for a selection of forces. These data are available on the neighbourhood statistics website at:

http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/

The Home Office intends to extend the coverage of the SOA recorded crime data collection, with full England and Wales coverage expected to be available during 2009-10.