Following criticism of the methodology for handling high frequency repeat victimisation in Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates, we committed to reviewing the method going forward. Analysis of the effect of the current methodology on estimates of incidents of crime was presented to the Government Statistical Service Methodology Advisory Committee in November 2015, and members of the committee agreed that the current methodology should be reviewed and alternative options considered. Following this, we commissioned an independent review of the current and alternative methods for addressing high frequency repeat victimisation.
This review proposed a set of recommendations and we are now seeking feedback from users on these recommendations. The feedback obtained through this consultation will be used to inform our final recommendations on the methodology that should be used going forward, which will be presented to the National Statistician’s Crime Statistics Advisory Committee for their consideration in late September 2016.