The number of crimes committed in the UK and Wales over the last year rose 13 percent to more than five million.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), crimes committed in the 12 months to June rose from 4.6 million the previous year. The increase was particular notable in crimes categorised as “violent”, including stalking and harassment, which saw and increase of 19 percent over the previous year.

Violent crime in England and Wales 2016/2017. ONS

The figures show the largest annual rise in a decade and continues with a recent trend of crime of crime increases, which are believed to go beyond an improvement in crime reporting.

John Flatley, from the ONS said:

“Today’s figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime. While improvements made by police forces in recording crime are still a factor in the increase, we judge that there have been genuine increases in crime – particularly in some of the low incidence but more harmful categories.

“Police figures cannot provide a good measure of all crime in society, since we know that a large volume of it never comes to their attention. The recent increases in recorded crime need to be seen in the context of the overall decline in crime indicated by the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

“The Survey remains our best guide to long-term trends for crime as experienced by the population in general.”

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