Crime: North Yorkshire

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were (a) reported to the police and (b) identified by the British crime survey in (i) York and (ii) north Yorkshire and York in (A) 1992 and (B) each year since 1992; and how many and what proportion of these crimes in each year resulted in a conviction.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office is responsible for the police recorded crime statistics. The available information relates to offences recorded by the police and is given in the following table. Data for north Yorkshire are available for the period requested but figures for total crime in York are only available from 2000-01.

The sample size of the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), formerly known as the British crime survey, is not large enough to provide a robust estimate of the number of incidents of crime covered by the survey at local authority or police force area level. However, CSEW estimates of crime at a police force area level are published as a percentage of respondents who have been a victim of crime once or more in the last year, and these data are available going back to 2004-05. Estimates have been provided on this basis by the Office for National Statistics for north Yorkshire police force area for all years since 2004-05.

Year on year changes in estimates of CSEW crime at police force area level should be treated with caution as, being based on a relatively small sample, they are liable to fluctuation. It should be noted that the only statistically significant change in CSEW estimates is between 2008-09 and 2009-10 for household crime.

From the data held centrally in the Home Office, it is not possible to follow a recorded offence through to any conclusion at court and data is therefore not available on the percentage of these crimes which result in a conviction for these years.

Crime in north Yorkshire and York
  North Yorkshire York
  Offences recorded by the police Percentage victim of personal crime at least once based on the Crime Survey for England and Wales (1) Statistically significant change from previous year (2) Percentage victim of household crime at least once based on the Crime Survey for England and Wales (1) Statistically significant change from previous year (2) Offences recorded by the police
1992 54,816 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1993 57,967 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1994 62,153 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1995 63,539 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1996 56,919 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1997 50,252 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1998-99(3) 55,309 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1999-00 53,554 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2000-01 51,532 n/a n/a n/a n/a 19,291
2001-02 59,125 n/a n/a n/a n/a 22,890
2002-03(4) 67,239 n/a 25,630
2003-04 71,473 n/a 29,347
2004-05 61,615 6 17 23,080
2005-06 58,850 5 15 22,784
2006-07 54,526 4 11 20,935
2007-08 49,944 4 11 18,901
2008-09 48,563 4 8 17,886
2009-10 42,197 5 12 **+ 14,480
2010-11 42,464 4 14 15,199
n/a = Not available. (1) Known as the British crime survey prior to 1 April 2012. (2) **+/**— denotes statistically significant change from previous year. (3) The police recorded crime coverage was extended and the counting rules changed in 1998-99. Data before and after that date are not directly comparable. (4) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced nationally in 2002-03 and police recorded crime figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.

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