Today the independent Office for National Statistics released the latest quarterly crime statistics.
Our response to the statistics is below.
Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd said:
The Independent Office for National Statistics is clear that the likelihood of being a victim remains low, however, every violent crime is a significant concern and the Government is taking decisive action to tackle it.
We recognise that crime is changing and that police demand is becoming increasingly complex. The statistics show that there has been a societal shift towards victims reporting ‘hidden’ crimes to the police and we welcome that more victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence are feeling empowered to come forward.
We continue to deliver on the 61 commitments contained in our Serious Violence Strategy which emphasises a renewed focus on steering young people away from violence, while continuing to ensure the strongest possible law enforcement response.