The number of crimes recorded in Wales has fallen by 8%, according to national statistics on crime released by the Home Office today. There were 202,974 recorded crimes in Wales between the end of March 2010 and the end of March 2011.
Although rates of recorded crime fell across England and Wales as a whole between 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, crime rates fell twice as much in Wales. Recorded crime rates per 1,000 people are lower in Wales than in England for every type of offence except criminal damage.
Recorded instances of criminal damage in Wales did fall by 15% year-on-year. Instances of violent crime and burglaries also fell significantly, although there were more recorded thefts than in 2009-2010.
Offences against vehicles – which includes car theft and breaking into a vehicle – were reduced by the greatest margin, of more than 20%. Vehicle offences dropped by 24% in the South Wales Police force area.
The document below sets out the number of crimes recorded in Wales in 2010-2011. Scroll to page 3 for the headline figures. Tables on further pages show more detailed breakdowns by police force area.