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Theme Description: Levels of crime, or at least the perceptions of crime levels, consistently emerge as the key influence on residents’ quality of life. These indicators are designed to provide a measure of the impact that crime, and the fear of crime, has on communities across the region. The impact of crime can be divided into three areas for examination; crime, disorder/anti-social behaviour and fear of crime/perceptions. Crime can impact upon whole communities (e.g. criminal damage) as well as individuals or households (e.g. violence, burglary). All seven indicators are collected through the British Crime Survey. This ensures consistency across both time and geography. It also ensures that the data is available at regional level. One point to bear in mind is the fact that crime and disorder statistics are very rarely considered on a regional basis. The Home Office prefers to use a ‘family group’ (Most Similar Forces) approach, comparing individual Police force areas with others deemed to be most similar. There are relatively few statistics released at a regional level (it is actually easier to get sub-regional figures!).

Indicators: Crime: Crime: Crime: Disorder:* Domestic burglary per 1000 population Criminal damage offences per 1000 population Violent offences per 1000 population % of residents with high level of perceived anti-social behaviour % of residents very worried about burglary % of residents very worried about car crime % of residents very worried about violent crime

Fear of crime: Fear of crime: Fear of crime:

* There is no consistent national method of measuring disorder. Each Police force will collect disorder incident data but there is no way of ensuring consistency nor obtaining regional figures. The best measure available to us at the moment is public perceptions of anti-social behaviour.

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Domestic Burglary per 1000 Population

Source: Home Office Description: the number of recorded domestic burglaries per year per thousand population. Geographical level: national, regional, police force, CDRP Link: http://www.crimestatistics.org.uk/tool/Default.asp?region=6&force=0&cdrp=0& l1=1&l2=7&l3=19&sub=0&v=24 Notes/Issues: Will not include unreported burglaries (supposedly around 50% of all domestic burglaries) 

Criminal Damage Offences per 1000 Population

Source: Home Office Description: the number of recorded criminal damage offences per year per thousand population. Geographical level: national, regional, police force, CDRP Link: http://www.crimestatistics.org.uk/tool/Default.asp?region=6&force=0&cdrp=0& l1=3&l2=0&l3=0&sub=0&v=24 Notes/Issues: Will not include unreported offences 

Violent Offences per 1000 Population

Source: Home Office Description: the number of recorded violence against the person offences per year per thousand population. Geographical level: national, regional, police force, CDRP Link: http://www.crimestatistics.org.uk/tool/Default.asp?region=6&force=0&cdrp=0& l1=6&l2=0&l3=0&sub=0&v=24 Notes/Issues: Will not include unreported offences nor sexual offences nor robberies

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Perceived Anti-Social Behaviour

Source: Home Office (British Crime Survey) Description: the percentage of residents with a high level of perceived antisocial behaviour in their local area. Geographical level: national, regional, police force Link: Regular access to this data is available through iQuanta, which requires registration – contact GOWM for more information Notes/Issues: This measure is derived from responses to seven individual anti-social behaviour strands 

Fear of crime - burglary

Source: Home Office (British Crime Survey) Description: the percentage of residents very worried about burglary Geographical level: national, regional, police force

Link: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/westmidlands04.pdf Notes/Issues: This link will need to be updated when 2004/05 data is released during summer 2005. The indicators on the fear of crime are well established.  Fear of crime – car crime

Source: Home Office (British Crime Survey) Description: the percentage of residents very worried about car crime Geographical level: national, regional, police force Link: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/westmidlands04.pdf Notes/Issues: This link will need to be updated when 2004/05 data is released during summer 2005. The indicators on the fear of crime are well established.  Fear of crime – violent crime

Source: Home Office (British Crime Survey)

Description: the percentage of residents very worried about violent crime Geographical level: national, regional, police force Link: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/westmidlands04.pdf Notes/Issues: This link will need to be updated when 2004/05 data is released during summer 2005. The indicators on the fear of crime are well established.


				
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