Nearly a third of female victims of rape that comes to the attention of the police are under 16 years old according to a new analysis of recorded crime data from 13 police forces, reports The Guardian. The analysis by the Office for National Statistics provides the first detailed breakdown of the age and gender of victims of recorded sexual offences.
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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
Our director Richard Garside explains the apparent disparities in the latest crime data and what it all means.
Writing last month on this site, Professor Tim Hope observed that the most surprising thing about the realisation that the police manipulate crime statistics is that it should have come as any surprise at all.
Marian Fitzgerald, Visiting Professor of Criminology, University of Kent, that the 'too good to be true' fall in the Crime Survey for England and Wales requires serious consideration of its possible limitations.
Last week our director Richard Garside argued that 'data on different crime types is not what it's cracked up to be and most of the current explanations for observed crime trends are variously unevidenced and unconvincing.'
A new report from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee claims that there is strong evidence that the police are under-recording crimes, with numerical targets giving officers a perverse incentive to mis-record offences.
The Paris police engaged in a decade-long underrecording of crime incidents to make the French capital appear safer than it was, a government-ordered report claims.
According to The Daily Telegraph 16,000 suspected crime incidents were wiped from police records in 2011 and 13,000 in 2012. The claims follow a report last year that found that almost 130,000 crime incidents had 'disappeared' nationally in France between 2007 and 2012.