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Police Cautions

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in respect of how many incidents of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud and forgery, (g) criminal damages and (h) drugs offences police cautions were given in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09; and what proportion of such incidents was first offences in each such year. (290718)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: The numbers of cautions issued by the police for the specified offence groups are given in the table. Information on whether such incidents were first offences cannot be derived from the police recorded crime statistics collected centrally by the Home Office.

Number of cautions issued by police for each main offence group, England and Wales

Offence group

2007-08

2008-09

Violence against the person

154,734

131,115

Sexual offences

2,972

2,747

Robbery

657

555

Burglary

5,756

4,882

Offences against vehicles

6,962

6,183

Other theft offences

64,818

60,304

Fraud and Forgery

10,639

9,178

Criminal damage

54,889

46,556

Drug offences

47,616

49,421

Other offences

8,866

8,354

All offences

357,909

319,295