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|
|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|
|Kingston upon Hull||-41.4|
|West Midlands D1||-39.3|
|West Midlands F1||-39.1|
|West Midlands D2||-38.8|
|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|
|Devon and Cornwall||62|
|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|
|North Yorkshire Western||45|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||53|