British crime falls to lowest level since survey began in 1981


Crime in England and Wales has fallen by a further 9% over the past year according to official survey results published Thursday.

Statisticians say this latest fall brings the crime rate down to its lowest level since the survey began in 1981, The Guardian reports and it has reached less than half its peak level it reached in 1995.

Separate figures of crime recorded by the police confirmed the significant drop. Crime fell 7% in the 12 months to March 2013 to 3.7m offenses.

The Office for National Statistics said the fall in crime has continued a trend of recent years. The rate, however, was slower than was seen in the 1990s.
Prime MInister David Cameron has praised the "magnificent" work of the police, The Telegraph reports.
Over the last year, the number of reported rapes has risen 2% with the increase thought to be linked to the Jimmy Saville investigation.
Fraud has also risen by 27%, but overall crime is down by 9%.
There has been a 15% drop in car theft, a 7% fall in burglary, a 6% fall in violent crime, and a 13% drop in vandalism, The Guardian reports.
The number of police officers in England and Wales have fallen for the fourth year in a row, by more than 3% or 4,516 , taking it to its lowest level since 2002, The Telegraph reports.



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