Number of robbery offences in England and Wales 2002-2019

The 85.7 thousand robbery offences that happened in England & Wales in 2018/19 marked an eleven-year high for this type of crime. While this is still far lower than the 110 thousand recorded in 2002/03, it has also happened just a few years after there were as few as 50 thousand of these incidents reported in 2014/15.

Robbery following the overall trend
Unfortunately, the rise in robbery offences seen in recent years has not occurred in isolation. Overall crime in England and Wales fell for several years prior to 2014/15 before suddenly climbing upwards and reaching over 5.5 million offences in 2017/18, an increase of 1.5 million in just four years.

Rising crime, falling resources
The increase in crime that has happened in recent years has led to an increasing focus on if the police have enough manpower and resources to reverse this trend. Compared with 2010 there are over 21 thousand fewer police officers in England and Wales and for the United Kingdom as a whole, spending on police services has decreased by over 2 billion British pounds across the same time period.

Number of robbery offences recorded in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19

Number of recorded robberies (in 1,000s)
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Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2019

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