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Estimates of crime are available from the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), which measures crimes against adults and households, and from the Police Recorded Crime Series. The CSEW is generally considered the higher-quality measure.
CSEW estimates show that there were 5.9 million offences in the year to June 2017, an annual fall of 7%. This change was not statistically significant.
There was an increase in CSEW theft offences of 6% (not statistically significant). This is in the context of long term reduction: theft offences were 69% lower than in 1998.
In 2016/17 Police recorded 4.3 million offences, an 11% increase from the previous year's figure.
There was a 17% annual increase in recorded crimes of violence against the person (VATP), a 6% increase in domestic burglary and a 14% increase in recorded sexual offences.
Commons Briefing papers SN02617
Author: Lydia Jackson