Victims of crime
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)
The ethnic categories used in this data
In the other analyses, the number of people surveyed from some ethnic groups was too small to make reliable generalisations. So estimates are shown only for the following 5 aggregated groups:
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) involves a structured interview. Interviews usually take place in respondents' homes.
The survey covers around 35,000 households every year. Respondents have to be 16 and over.
In the year ending March 2019, 70% of respondents completed the survey (compared with 73% the year before).
Weighting has been applied to the raw data to compensate for:
- some addresses being more likely to be selected than others (given that some areas are more populated than others)
- the difference in response rates between different types of neighbourhood
- cases where only one residence can be selected in households with more than one
- different probabilities of a respondent being selected based on different sized households
- different response rates between different areas and age groups
Read more about how weighting is used to make samples more representative of the population.
The analysis By ethnicity and socio-economic group uses the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification. This categorises adults according to their occupational status.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Estimates based on fewer than 50 respondents are not shown because they are not reliable.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest whole number.
You can see more detailed estimates (rounded to 1 decimal place) if you download the data.
Further technical information
The Crime Survey for England and Wales is based on a sample of the population. Because of this, estimates have quantifiable and non-quantifiable errors associated with them.
Non-quantifiable errors include:
- respondents recalling crimes that occurred outside the reference period
- respondents not mentioning a crime (because they didn't want do or they forgot to)
- respondents saying they reported crimes to police when they didn't
- the interviewer miscoding some responses
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