Crime

Charles asks the Home Secretary how many violent crimes have been reported in Hertfordshire since 1997

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes were reported in Hertfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [792]

Hazel Blears: The available information is given in the tables. Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way in which crime is recorded. The effect of the change in counting rules in 1998 was to artificially increase recorded violent crime nationally by more than 80 per cent., while it is estimated that the effect of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002 caused a further 20 per cent. increase in recorded violent crime in its first year.

Table 1: Violent crimes(37) recorded by the police in Hertfordshire, 1997 to 2001-02

 

Number of offences

1997

2,890

1998-99(38)

3,884

1999-2000

4,471

2000-01

5,390

2001-02

5,777

(37) Includes offences of violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery.

(38) Using the expanded coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.

Note:
The data in this table is prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years

 

Table 2: Violent crimes(39) recorded by the police in Hertfordshire, 2002-03 and 2003-04

 

Number of offences

2002-03

9,082

2003-04

13,972

(39) Includes offences of violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery.

Note:
The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years"