Crime has fallen to record low levels in England and Wales, according to new official figures.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that incidents of crime fell 11% to seven million in the year to September 2014 compared to the previous year.

Official police records showed 3.7 million incidents of crime reported, the same as the previous year. The police records show a rise in reports of violence and sexual offences, but the Office of National Statistics (ONS) says that these rises related to improved recording and a greater willingness of victims to come forward.

Since 1981, the CSEW has annually questioned 35,000 people and extrapolated the results from there in an attempt to measure the number of crimes committed rather than the number of crimes reported to the police, which is always substantially fewer.

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