Theresa May welcomed the report but said that crime levels were still unacceptable: ‘No society should accept a situation where at least 26,000 people a day fall victim to crime.’
The Home Secretary said: ‘Any reductions in crime are welcome, but we know these statistics offer a partial picture about the true level of crime. And there are many offences, including antisocial behaviour, which are not always reported or fully recorded, but which ruin too many lives.
‘That is why we will reform the police to make them more accountable to their communities and cut bureaucracy to get officers onto the beat and fighting crime.
‘What matters to people is the crime that happens in their local communities and what is being done about it. This is why we want the public to know what is really going on in their area and will publish monthly crime information about what is happening on their streets by January next year.
‘We are determined to restore trust in crime statistics and are currently considering how they should be collected and published in future. We are working with the UK Statistics Authority and others to consider this carefully.’
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The statistics are based on interviews from the British Crime Survey (BCS) and crimes recorded by the police.
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