Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) 10 police forces and (b) basic command units recorded the (i) largest reductions in crime and disorder rates in the last 10 years and (ii) lowest overall crime rates in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Because of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2002-03 data for years prior to that are not directly comparable.

Table 1 gives the 10 police force areas with the highest decreases in total recorded crime between 2002-03 and 2008-09.

Table 2 gives the 10 Basic Command Units with the highest comparable decreases over the same period. Many forces have re-organised their Basic Command Units over time which means that comparisons for those BCUs affected are not possible.

Table 3 gives the 10 police forces with the lowest overall crime rate per 1,000 population in 2008-09. Table 4 gives the 10 lowest rates at Basic Command Unit level.

Table 1: 10 police forces with the largest percentage decrease in total recorded crime between 2002-03 and 2008-09
Police force area Percentage decrease
Northumbria -36.4
West Midlands -35.0
West Yorkshire -32.7
Humberside -32.3
Norfolk -31.0
North Wales -29.1
Nottinghamshire -28.6
Derbyshire -28.6
Merseyside -27.8
North Yorkshire -27.8
Table 2: 10 Basic Command Units with the largest comparable percentage decrease in total recorded crime between 2002-03 and 2008-09
Basic Command Unit Percentage decrease
Gatwick airport -51.4
Kingston upon Hull -41.4
South Tyneside -40.7
Heathrow airport -39.7
West Midlands D1 -39.3
West Midlands F1 -39.1
West Midlands D2 -38.8
Wirral -38.4
West Midlands J1 -37.3
West Midlands E2 -36.9
Table 3: 10 police forces with the lowest rates per 1,000 population for total recorded crime-2008-09
Police force area Rate per 1,000 population
Dyfed-Powys 48
Norfolk 58
Surrey 59
North Yorkshire 62
Devon and Cornwall 62
Cumbria 62
Wiltshire 65
West Mercia 65
Suffolk 66
Essex 67
Table 4: 10 Basic Command Units with the lowest rates per 1,000 population for total recorded crime-2008-09
Basic Command Unit Rate per 1,000 population
Ceredigion 39
North Yorkshire Western 45
Powys 46
Essex Central 49
Carmarthenshire 50
Pembrokeshire 51
Wiltshire County 52
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 53
Northumberland 53
Buxton 53
West Kent 53

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