Figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) showed that there were an estimated 6.6 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over) in England and Wales for the year ending September 2015*. This was down from an estimated 7 million incidents compared to the previous year’s survey.
Crime covered by the CSEW increased steadily from 1981, before peaking in 1995. After peaking, the CSEW showed marked falls up until the year ending March 2005 survey year. Since then, the underlying trend has continued downwards, but with some fluctuation from year to year.
Although ‘traditional’ crimes such as burglary, theft and vehicle offences are decreasing due to enhanced prevention and detection capabilities the rise in cyber-crime, including fraud, scams and hacking shows that the nature of crime is changing. This is a trend that will continue to impact on crime rates in future.
*Office for National Statistics figures released January 2016
Why We Are Consulting
The Safer West Sussex Partnership (SWSP) brings together Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) along with other key agencies to provide a coordinated approach to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in West Sussex.
Each year the SWSP undertakes a strategic intelligence assessment that identifies crime and disorder priorities through the use of partnership data.
Consultation with communities is a key part of this process so that resident views can be included as part of the review of their local area.
As part of that consultation we are asking West Sussex residents some brief questions about their experience of crime.
This survey provides some reported crime figures and incidents from data supplied by Sussex Police and West Sussex Fire and Rescue. Alongside the data you will be asked some questions regarding your experiences and opinions on crime and your priorities for your area.
The important feedback that you provide will contribute towards informing local priorities and actions to tackle crime and disorder in your area.
Data from the survey will be incorporated in to the County Community Safety agreement, which is published annually in April on the County Council’s website.