UK crime down, new survey shows

A major survey has revealed there was a 3% reduction in crime last year - with an even bigger drop in recorded car crime.

The British Crime Survey is based on interviews with tens of thousands of people in the UK.

The BCS figures revealed that there were 9.5 million crimes last year - compared to 9.8 million in 2009. However, the number of burglaries rose by 14%, and bicycle thefts were up 12%.

The burglary figures contradict the police's recorded crime figures, which showed that domestic burglaries and other burglaries were both down by 7%.

The largest falls in crime recorded by the police were for criminal damage and offences against vehicles, down 17% and 12% respectively.

The risk of being a victim of crime remained about the same as the previous year at 21.4%, the BCS showed.

Despitecar insurance providing peace of mind for homeowners, the BCS study revealed that one in 10 people experience high levels of worry about car crime.

Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert said: "While reductions in crime are welcome, there is clearly no room for complacency.

"The public rightly remain concerned about levels of crime and particularly antisocial behaviour, and we are determined to ensure that the police have the right powers to do the job.

"We have also commissioned an independent review of crime statistics which will report in due course."

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