From the series of regular bulletins issued by Home Office
Research Development and Statistics (RDS) Directorate covering the
period April 1999 to March 2000.
5.3 million offences were recorded by the police in the twelve
months to March 2000, an increase of 3.8 per cent over the previous
twelve months. 83 per cent of these offences were against property;
13 per cent were violent crimes.
Eighteen of the 43 forces recorded fewer crimes in the 12 months
to March 2000 than in the previous period.
Offences of violence against the person showed a 16 per cent rise
compared to a 10 per cent fall the previous year. Sexual offences
rose by 4 per cent and robberies increased by 26 per cent.
Theft of vehicles fell by 4 per cent while theft from vehicles
fell by 2 per cent.
Domestic burglary fell by 7 per cent, with non-domestic burglary
falling by 3 per cent.
Twenty-five per cent of all crimes, including 59 per cent of
violent crimes, were cleared up during 1999/2000.
Over half of all detected crimes were cleared up using a charge
or summons, whilst less than one in six were detected with no
further action taken by the police.
Getting a copy
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Previous bulletins are available in the publications
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