Domestic burglary rises by 30% – new crime figures show

Domestic burglary has risen by more than 30% according to the latest police recorded figures released today by the ONS.

Overall, total recorded crime is up 14% and the figures from 44 forces show:
 Robbery up 29%
 Sex offences up 23%
 Knife Crime up 21%.
 Violent crime up 20%
The latest recorded crime figures also show there were 261,915 domestic burglaries in the year to September 2017 – a rise of 32%.

However it is important to note that these levels are nowhere near the levels seen in the 1990s when crime peaked.

Indeed figures from the separate Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) – also released today – and which are based on people’s experiences, suggests crime continues to fall.

This survey, based on interviews with 35,000 households in England and Wales, includes crimes that people do not report to police.

Jayne Pascoe, Strategic Partnerships Director for Neighbourhood Watch, said “The recorded figures reflect what we’ve seen here at Neighbourhood Watch with more people contacting us to want to set up a scheme in their area.

“So now, more than ever, Neighbourhood Watch is an important way people can take an active role in protecting their homes.

“To prevent burglary the most important thing you can do is make your home look like there’s someone there at all times and to fit good window and door locks and ALWAYS leave a light on when you’re out for the evening.”

Although crime levels are nowhere near the levels seen in the 1990s.

To look at the crime figures click here

Mark Bangs, Crime Statistics and Analysis, Office for National Statistics, commented on the latest figures.

“These latest figures indicate that levels of crime have continued to fall compared with the previous year, but this picture varied across different types of crime and not all offence types showed falls.

“While overall levels of violent crime were not increasing, there is evidence of rises having occurred in some of the low incidence but more harmful categories such as knife and gun crime”.

“The first year-on-year comparisons from new estimates of fraud, one of the most frequently occurring crimes, indicate fewer incidents were experienced by the general population compared with the previous year.”