Level of recorded rapes at new high

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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The number of rapes recorded by police in England and Wales is at its highest ever level, official figures have revealed.

There were 26,703 rapes and 53,559 other sexual offences recorded in 2014 – a 32% increase on the previous year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Overall 3.8 million offences were recorded by police, which is a 2% rise on 2013.

Experts said the rise was down to improvement in recording as well as a greater willingness of victims to come forward to report such crimes.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), a separate measure reflecting experience of crime, revealed a 7% fall in crime to 6.9 million incidents against households and adults.

This is the lowest estimate since the CSEW began in 1981.

Violence against the person offences recorded by police were up 21%, while public order offences rose by 14%.

The ONS said those rises were largely off-set by a 5% fall in the number of recorded theft offences.

Theft was also the only “statistically significant” fall in crime in the CSEW survey, with a 7% decrease, it added.

The ONS said the number of sexual offences recorded was at its highest level since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in 2002/03.

There was a 9% increase in the volume of offences recorded by Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

The ONS said it was still difficult to judge to what extent this rise was affected by the transfer in responsibility of recording fraud offences from individual police forces to Action Fraud.

The number of murders and manslaughter cases recorded by police has fallen to its lowest level for 38 years.

Police recorded 515 homicides last year, 37 fewer than in 2013 and the smallest number since 1977, the ONS said.

This is compared to 904 homicides recorded from April 2003 to March 2004.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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