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Crime

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the level of public fear of crime involving (a) theft of a car, (b) burglary and (c) a physical attack in each of the last 16 years. (234498)

The British Crime Survey (BCS) asks questions on worry about crime for three crime types: burglary, car crime and violent crime. The level of worry about burglary has been measured since 1992, and levels of worry about car crime and violent crime have been measured since 1998.

The latest figures from the 2007-08 BCS show that 12 per cent. of people report a high level of worry about each of burglary and car crime and 15 per cent. of people report a high level of worry about violent crime. Figures since 1992 are included in table 1 and can also be found in the Home Office statistical bulletin “Crime in England and Wales 2007/08”, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library.

Table 1: Trends in worry about crime, 1992 to 2007-08, BCS

Ints

1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Statistically significant change, 2006-07 to 2007-08

Percentage with high level of worry about:

Burglary

19

26

22

19

19

15

15

13

12

13

13

12

Car crime

n/a

n/a

n/a

22

21

17

17

15

13

14

13

12

Violent crime

n/a

n/a

n/a

25

24

22

21

16

16

17

17

15

Unweighted base1

10,044

14,502

7,973

14,925

19,388

32,765

36,427

37,872

45,046

47,713

47,122

46,888

1 Unweighted bases refer to high levels of worry about burglary. Bases for violent crime will be similar but for car crime they will be slightly lower as based on those residing in households owning, or with regular use of, a vehicle only.