We need a different crime survey

As Richard Garside has frequently commented here, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is neither a survey of crime (it doesn’t cover much of it), nor a survey of victims (it doesn’t include all of them), nor a survey of victimisation (it doesn’t measure enough of it).

21 May 2015

Crime is down. Crime is up. What's going on?

Crime in England and Wales fell by seven per cent in the 12 months to December 2014. Or rather, crime in England and Wales rose by two per cent in the 12 months to December 2014.


24 April 2015

'We don't know very much at all' about crime trends

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.'


28 April 2014

Paris police crime figures cover-up claim

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.

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4 March 2014

Police crime figures can't be trusted

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has announced that the National Statistics designation is to be removed from police recorded crime data.


16 January 2014