Oct 17 2013
Crime against households and adults in England and Wales fell 7% to a record low in the year to June, official figures have revealed.
There were about 8.5 million incidents of crime against households and adults, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), compared with 9.1 million in the year to June 2012.
Sexual offences rose 9%, which the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put partly down to a "Yewtree effect", as greater numbers have come forward to report historical sexual offences to the police.
Yewtree is a national police investigation launched in the wake of claims against disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.
The headline crime figure is the lowest since the survey began in 1981 , and is now less than half its peak level in 1995.
The police recorded 3.7 million offences in the year to June, a decrease of 5% compared with the previous year.
There were 230,335 fraud offences recorded in the same period - a 21% increase compared to the previous year.
The ONS said the figures should be viewed in the context of a move towards the centralised recording of fraud by police.
There were also increases in theft from the person, which was up 8%, and shoplifting, up 1%.
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said: " Police reform is working and crime is falling.
"Recorded crime has dropped yet again, by more than 10% under the coalition Government, and the crime survey says that crime has more than halved since its peak in 1995.
"This is really positive news. Forces are rising to the challenge of making savings whilst cutting crime and delivering a better service to the public.
"England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades but we will continue to deliver measures which keep pace with the changing nature of crime and improve our ability to combat emerging issues."