Crime Survey
for England & Wales

Thank you for visiting the Crime Survey for England and Wales website

Every year, thousands of people take part in the Crime Survey for England and Wales, providing valuable information about their experiences of, and attitudes towards, crime.

This important survey is used by the Government to:

  • Measure the amount of crime in England and Wales
  • Develop and assess policies which aim to reduce the amount of crime
  • Track the changing levels of crime from one year to the next

The survey is conducted by Verian on behalf of the Office for National Statistics.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales:

  • measures crime by asking members of the public, such as yourself, about their experiences of crime over the last 12 months.
  • has measured crime since 1981.
  • is used alongside police recorded crime data

The survey records all types of crimes experienced by people, including those crimes that may not have been reported to the police. It is important that we hear from people who have experienced crime and also those who have not experienced any crime in the last 12 months, so that we can show an accurate picture of crime in the country.

In 2024/25 around 75,000 households across England and Wales will be invited to participate in the survey. In previous years three quarters of households invited to take part agreed to participate. It is thanks to this cooperation from the public that the survey can provide the robust information needed by government to make important decisions about policies related to crime and justice.