Crime in the United Kingdom - Statistics & Facts

In 2015/2016, the number of police recorded homicide offences in England and Wales totaled 571, an increase upon the previous year, yet an overall decrease when compared to the figures of 2002/2003, almost halving the number of homicides since that year. This trend of diminishment was mirrored north of the border, as the number of homicide cases in Scotland decreased by over fifty percent from 2006 to 2016.

A statistic referencing the relationship of homicide victims to principal suspects as a proportion of all homicides in England and Wales in 2015/2016 illustrates the fact that 44 percent of female victims of homicide were murdered by a partner or former partner. Furthermore, the number of rape offences in England and Wales from 2002 to 2016 showed a twofold increase in the years between 2013/2014 and 2015/2016, this trend of accelerated growth also occurred in the number of rapes and attempted rape offences recorded by police in Scotland from 2006 to 2015.

Data highlighting the crime incident rate per 10,000 adults in Scotland, England and Wales, identifies the most common type of crime in all three countries as vandalism, followed by household theft. The rate of police recorded crime in London from 2015 to 2016 (by offence group) shows that theft offences were the most common crime type in the capital, followed by violence against the person, which affected 21.8 people out of 1,000.

The age distribution of victims of violent crime in England and Wales in 2015/2016 shows that the highest rate of victimization occurred among the youth and young adults. This affected 3.7 percent of all young people between 16 and 24 years. Although this specific statistic fails to account for the victims of such crime under the age of 16 years, a statistic on the number of police recorded cases of 'cruelty to children/young persons' in England and Wales from 2002/2003 to 2015/2016 demonstrates the number of incidents against children have increased over the previous 14 years, growing by almost 10,000 cases, which undoubtedly would have contributed collectively to the UK prison population.

In addition, the regional rate of arrests per 1,000 population in England and Wales - which occurred throughout the same year - demonstrated that London had the highest rate, whereas the South West had the lowest.

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