Crime outcomes in England and Wales 2013/14

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McKee, Chris
Home Office
Date of publication
17 July 2014
Home Office Statistical Bulletin; 01/14
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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A new, broader outcomes framework was introduced in two phases from April 2013, which covers the full range of ways in which the police can deal with a crime. Between 2012/13 and 2013/14 the proportion of all offences dealt with by a charge/summons increased from 16.5 per cent to 17.2 per cent, mainly due to an increase in the number of theft offences dealt with in this way. This is the highest rate since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in 2002/03. The change in the charge/summons rate varied considerably by offence type, generally reflecting the changes in recorded crime between the two years. This was indicated by the charge/summons rates remaining fairly similar. The number of charge/summons increased for theft offences (up 6%), violent offences (up 6%), and sexual offences (up 17%), but fell for robbery (down 8%) and criminal damage offences (down 4%). Charge/summons rates vary considerably by offence type. Over two thirds (68%) of ‘possession of weapons’ offences were dealt with via a charge/summons, while around one in nine (11%) of theft offences were. The number of offences dealt with by a caution in 2013/14 fell for all offence types compared with the previous year, with a particularly large percentage fall for robbery offences (down 41%, from 282 to 166). This was partly due to changes in the guidance on issuing cautions.

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