Victims of crime
Last updated 8 August 2023 - see all updates
1. Main facts and figures
in the year ending March 2020, 13% of people aged 16 and over said they had been the victim of a crime at least once in the last year
this was down from 17% in the year ending March 2014
over the 7 years covered, the percentage of White people who said they were victims of crime went down from 17% to 13%
men from Mixed ethnic backgrounds (21%) were more likely to be victims of crime than men from any other ethnic group for the 3 years from April 2017 to March 2020
Asian people aged 75 and over (11%) were more likely to be a victim of crime than White people aged 75 and over (6%)
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The 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, estimates are shown for the following 5 aggregated groups:
This is because the number of people surveyed from some ethnic groups was too small to make reliable generalisations.
Read the detailed methodology document for this data.
In the analyses by ethnicity and gender, age and socio-economic group, the data is an average for the 3 years from April 2017 to March 2020. 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.
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 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||2019/20 %||2019/20 Sample size|
|Black other||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||45||28||57||31||61||22||79||12||64||9||62||14||68|
|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||18||56|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||29||120||29||98||21||135||20||121||16||120||23||123||25||125|
|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||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||11|
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Office for National Statistics
Purpose of data source
The main aims of the Crime Survey for England and Wales are to:
- measure people's experience of crime
- give reliable estimates about changes over time
The survey does not include all crimes. It excludes 'victimless' crimes (like possession of drugs) and crimes that victims cannot 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 the police or recorded by them.
It can also provide a better indicator of long-term trends because it is not affected by changes in how crimes are reported or recorded.
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, geography, gender, age group, socioeconomic group, household income, value, standard error, confidence intervals (upper bound, lower bound).