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Number of robbery offences in the UK 2002-2020

The 92.48 thousand robbery offences that happened in the United Kingdom in 2019/20 marked an twelve-year high for this type of crime. While this is still far lower than the 117 thousand recorded in 2002/03, it has also happened just a few years after there were as few as 52 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 6.4 million offences in 2019/20.

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 15 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, before reaching 18.54 billion British pounds in 2019/20.

Number of robbery offences in the United Kingdom from 2002/03 to 2019/20

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

Crime reports for the following countries include the country-specific crime figures, which were used to calculate for the entire UK.

England & Wales
Northern Ireland

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