British Crime Survey
Crime Survey (BCS) is a very important source of information about levels of crime and
public attitudes to crime. The BCS measures the amount of crime in England and Wales
by asking people about crimes they have experienced. The British Crime Survey includes
crimes that are not reported to the police, so it is an important alternative
to police records.
There are a number of reasons for the differences in the level of crimes reported
under the British Crime Survey and the level of recorded crime including:
the incident was considered too trivial
it involved too small a loss to warrant the attention of the police
incidents may have been recorded by the police in crime categories outside
the comparable crime category;
some incidents reported may not be recorded because of police compliance with
victimís wishes not to proceed.
||All domestic burglaries1
||Burglaries with entry3
||Burglaries with loss4
Crime Survey 2000 & British
Crime Survey 2001
properties are houses, flats and domestic outhouses or garages
linked to a dwelling via a connecting door. Communal areas of
multi-occupancy buildings (e.g. hallways) are also included if
usually secured. The BCS does not cover crimes against non-domestic
properties (e.g. schools or businesses)
the offender tried to gain entry to the dwelling but was
3Where the offender
did gain entry to the home.
4Where the entry
involved theft of property.