On this site a couple of weeks ago, Professor Tim Hope called for a major overhaul of the Crime Survey for England and Wales. The current survey, he argued, is 'much better at not measuring crime than it is at measuring crime’s true extent, which is no doubt why policy-makers have come to rely upon it so much'.
British Crime Survey
The Crime Survey for England and Wales is very good at not measuring crime. A truly victim-oriented national survey needs to be established in its place, writes Professor Tim Hope
We know a lot less about trends in violence than we think and our explanations for their rises and falls are not up to much either, Richard Garside argues.
Richard Garside argues that it is too early to tell whether the economic depression in the UK will result in higher levels of violence. But the early signs on domestic and acquaintance violence don't look good.
Richard Garside looks at recent trends in police recorded crime and argues that talk of 'overall crime' is best left to crime involving overalls.
Richard Garside examines the Crime Survey for England and Wales. He argues that to make sense of recent trends it is important to look at individual crime types rather than just the overall figure.