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UK crime: blackmail offences in England and Wales 2002-2019

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

by Daniel Clark, last edited Aug 12, 2019
UK crime: blackmail offences in England and Wales 2002-2019 This statistic illustrates the number of police recorded blackmail offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19. The reporting year 2018/19 saw the number of blackmail offences in England and Wales reach over 13.8 thousand, an increase of over 5.5 thousand when compared with the previous year. Between 2002/03 and 2013/14 the number of blackmail offences fluctuated from a low of 1.2 thousand in 2007/08 and a high of 2.48 thousand in 2006/07. From 2014/15 onwards, however, the number of offences increased dramatically in each year, before reaching the peak recorded in 2018/19.
Overall crime on the rise
While not rising dramatically as blackmail offences, overall crime in England and Wales has also risen in recent years. In 2017/18 for example there were 5.52 million crime offences, compared with just 4.03 million only four years earlier.

Spending and staff cuts
While there are undoubtedly several factors that have influenced this overall rise in crime, the cuts to police funding since 2010 and the decline in police officers that occurred as a result are certainly two of the most important reasons.
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Number of police recorded blackmail offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19

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