Crime in England and Wales: year ending December 2019
24 April 2020
This bulletin reports on the latest figures from our two main sources of crime data: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime.
Commenting on today’s figures, Joe Traynor from the Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice said:
“Information collected prior to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates a fall of 5% in crime for 2019. It is not possible to say whether this would have come to represent a change from the flat trend in recent years, as it is likely that the current lockdown will have an impact on the level of crime in 2020."
“The 2019 data revealed different patterns for specific types of crime, for instance, robbery increased but burglary decreased, while fraud and lower harm violent offences remained stable. Although the number of homicides where a knife or sharp instrument was used fell across the country, it increased in London.”