Crime Statistics

Home Department written question – answered on 21st February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Sue Doughty Ms Sue Doughty Shadow Minister (the Environment), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recorded level of (a) crime and (b) violent crime was in Surrey in each year since 1997.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information requested is given in the tables.

Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way crime is recorded. The effect of the change in the counting rules in 1998 was to artificially increase recorded violent crime nationally by more than 80 per cent. while it is estimated that the effect of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002 caused a further 20 per cent. increase in recorded violent crime in its first year.

Table 1: Total and violent crime recorded by the police in Surrey, 1997–98 to 2001–02
Number of offences
Total crime Violent crime
1997–98(195) 38,015 3,447
1998–99(196) 42,467 4,914
1999–2000 46,288 6,099
2000–01(197) 63,321 9,014
2001–02 61,970 7,908

(195) The number of crimes recorded using the coverage and rules in use until 31 March 1998.

(196) The number of crimes recorded using the expanded coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.

(197) Surrey experienced boundary changes in April 2000 which increased the size of the force area.

Note:

The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.

Table 2: Total and violent crime recorded by the police in Surrey, 2002–03 and 2003–04
Number of offences
Total crime Violent crime
2002–03 68,452 9,718
2003–04 73,252 10,858

Note:

The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

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