In the Media

Surveys vary on direction of trend

PUBLISHED April 22, 2005

The crime rate in England and Wales, which has been dropping since 1995, fell by a further 11% during 2004, with violent crime cut by a further 10%, according to the British Crime Survey.

By contrast, the less reliable police recorded figures show a 5% fall in overall crime during 2004, despite a 9% rise in violent crime, including a sharp rise in figures for offences involving imitation firearms.