Fear of crime
Last updated 8 August 2023 - see all updates
1. Main facts and figures
in 2015/16, around one-fifth of people aged 16 and over in England and Wales believed that they were either ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ to be a victim of crime in the next year
overall, the figures for fear of crime have remained consistent between 2013/14 and 2015/16
in 2015/16, a smaller proportion of White people reported a fear of crime compared with Asian people, Black people, and those from the Other ethnic group
Asian people and those from the Other ethnic group had the highest levels of fear of crime
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data measures fear of crime among people living in England and Wales.
The data comes from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. People were asked how likely they thought it was that they would be a victim of crime in the next year. People who answered ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ were classed as having a fear of crime.
A question about fear of crime was last included in the Crime Survey in the year ending March 2016.
Percentages are given to the nearest whole number.
Not included in the data
The data does not include people living in communal establishments (such as care homes, university accommodation and prisons).
Estimates based on fewer than 50 respondents are not shown because they are not reliable.
The ethnic groups used in the data
In the other data, the number of people surveyed from some ethnic groups was too small to make reliable generalisations, so estimates are shown for the following 5 aggregated groups:
Read the detailed methodology document for this data.
The data for ethnicity and gender, age and socio-economic group is an average for the 3 years from April 2013 to March 2016. This is to make sure there are enough people to be able to make reliable generalisations. You can read more about combining multiple years of data and some of the issues involved.
The estimates on this page are based on survey data. You can read more about:
- interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed
- how weighting is used to make samples more representative of the population
In the data file
See Download the data for estimates rounded to 1 decimal place.
3. By ethnicity over time
|Ethnicity||2013/14 %||2013/14 Number||2014/15 %||2014/15 Number||2015/16 %||2015/16 Number|
|Black other||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||26||57||28||58|
|Mixed White/Black African||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||43|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||25||119||21||97||18||133|
|White Gypsy/Traveller||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||12||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||10||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||15|
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Office for National Statistics
Purpose of data source
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is a face-to-face survey in which people living in households in England and Wales are asked about their experiences of a selected range of criminal offences in the 12 months prior to the interview.
The CSEW is able to capture a broad range of victim-based crimes experienced by those interviewed, not just those that have been reported to, and recorded by, the police.
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, geography, gender, socio-economic status, value, denominator