Victims of crime
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- 7. Navigate toData sources section
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1. Main facts and figures
- in the year ending March 2019, 15% of people aged 16 and over said they had been the victim of a crime at least once in the last year
- this was a decrease compared with the year ending March 2014, when the figure was 17%
- younger people were more likely to say they were victims of crime than older people (on average for the 3 years from April 2014 to March 2017)
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
This data measures the percentage of people who said they had been the victim of at least one crime in the last year, by ethnicity.
The data measures whether someone was either:
- a victim of at least one crime
- a resident of a household that had been subject to at least one household crime (like burglary)
Estimates in the charts and tables 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)
- crimes against commercial or public sector bodies, fraud or computer misuse, homicide and sexual offences
- the number of times people were victims of crime, or the seriousness of any crime
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.
In the analyses by ethnicity and gender, age and socio-economic group, data for the 3 years to March 2017 has been combined to make sure estimates are reliable. The figures shown are averages for this 3-year period, and have not been updated with data for the years ending March 2018 and March 2019.
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 more detailed estimates rounded to 1 decimal place.
3. By ethnicity over time
|Ethnicity||2013/14 %||2013/14 Sample size||2014/15 %||2014/15 Sample size||2015/16 %||2015/16 Sample size||2016/17 %||2016/17 Sample size||2017/18 %||2017/18 Sample size||2018/19 %||2018/19 Sample size|
|Black other||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||28||57||31||61||22||79||12||64||9||62|
|Mixed White/Black African||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||46||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||44||13||56||16||63||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||49|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||29||120||29||98||21||135||20||121||16||120||23||123|
|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||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||21||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||15||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||10|
Summary of Victims of crime By ethnicity over time Summary
4. By ethnicity and gender
|Ethnicity||All %||All Sample size||Men %||Men Sample size||Women %||Women Sample size|
Summary of Victims of crime By ethnicity and gender Summary
5. By ethnicity and age group
|Age group||Asian %||Asian Sample size||Black %||Black Sample size||Mixed %||Mixed Sample size||White %||White Sample size||Other %||Other Sample size|
|75+||9||174||7||133||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||32||5||12,795||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||28|
Summary of Victims of crime By ethnicity and age group Summary
6. By ethnicity and socio-economic group
|Socio-economic group||Asian %||Asian Sample size||Black %||Black Sample size||Mixed %||Mixed Sample size||White %||White Sample size||Other %||Other Sample size|
|Managerial and professional occupations||19||1,748||20||829||28||368||15||32,782||18||221|
|Routine and manual occupations||15||1,461||18||1,041||22||300||14||32,947||16||222|
|Never worked and long-term unemployed||15||620||11||216||18||53||17||2,864||18||108|
|Full time students||14||433||20||221||21||104||21||2,380||8||118|
|Not classified||7||54||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||35||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||6||11||627||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||7|
Summary of Victims of crime By ethnicity and socio-economic group Summary
7. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Office for National Statistics
Purpose of data source
The main aim of the Crime Survey for England and Wales is to:
- measure people's experience of crime
- give reliable estimates about changes over time
The survey doesn't include all crimes. It excludes 'victimless' crimes (like possession of drugs) and crimes that victims can't report (like murder).
The survey aims to give a clearer picture of the extent of crime than police statistics. It can do this by including crimes that are not reported to (or recorded by) the police.
It can also provide a better indicator of long-term trends because it isn't affected by changes in how crimes are reported or recorded.
8. Download the data
This file contains the following: Measure, Ethnicity, Time, Geography, Gender, Age, Socio-economic classification, Household income, Value, Sample size, Standard error, Lower CI, Upper CI