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Crime: Suffolk

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of crimes committed in Suffolk resulted in (a) a caution, (b) a fixed penalty notice and (c) a conviction in each of the last five years. (286265)

Information is not available in the form requested as it is not possible to track individual offences through to their outcome at court. The available information relates to the number of offences recorded and detected by means of a caution or penalty notice for disorder in Suffolk in each financial year. Convictions data are based on the number of offenders and have been provided by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. These data are published on a calendar year basis and are counts of persons classified by their principal offence.

For these reasons the two datasets are not directly comparable.

Table 1 gives the police recorded crime data for Suffolk. Table 2 provides data on the number of offenders convicted for all offences.

Table 1: Offences recorded by the police in Suffolk

Number of offences

Number detected by a caution

Percentage detected by a caution

Number detected by a penalty notice for disorder

Percentage detected by a penalty notice for disorder

2004-05

52,101

3,161

6

173

0

2005-06

52,831

4,236

8

526

1

2006-07

51,096

4,047

8

1,206

2

2007-08

48,330

4,096

8

1,661

3

2008-09

46,504

4,004

9

1,733

4

Table 2: Offenders convicted at all courts for all offences in Suffolk1, 2

Number of convictions

2003

16,098

2004

18,685

2005

19,320

2006

17,817

2007

17,405

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.

However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces.

As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.