July 16, 2015

Crime Survey for England and Wales: Violence Against the Person up 23% 

Latest crime figures for England and Wales to March 2015 show there was a 3% increase in police recorded crime compared with the previous year, with 3.8 million offences recorded in the year ending March 2015.

The rise in the police figures was driven by increases in violence against the person offences (up by 23% compared with the previous year). However, this increase is thought to reflect changes in recording practices rather than a rise in violent crime. The CSEW estimate for violent crime showed no change compared with the previous year’s survey, following decreases over the past 4 years.

There has also been a 2% increase in knife crime and an increase in assaults (up 13%, from 11,911 to 13,488).