About This Statistic
This statistic shows the amount of police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2015/16. Despite two year on year increases, the amount of recorded homicides in England and Wales decreased over the time period by 45 percent, reaching 571 in 2015/16. By comparison the number of attempted murders has been fluctuating between that time, with the highest number recorded in 2005/06 at 920. In 2015/16, 684 attempted murders were reported to the police. Overall the number of police recorded crimes has also been declining by 24 percent in the same time period, though the two most recent years saw the crime rate increasing by 10 percent. Of the 4.5 million crimes recorded by the police between 2015 and 2016, theft offences made up the largest share at 1.76 million. Offences categorized as 'violence against the person' (including homicide) made up roughly one fourth of all recorded crimes.