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The first Home Office crime and policing conference, ‘Cutting crime in a changing world’, took place on 28 and 29 January 2015.
The conference brought together 120 leading experts to share a wide range of perspectives on crime. It was an opportunity to highlight new research, generate ideas, showcase innovation and consider how we – government, police and citizens – should respond to current and future crime challenges.
Other speakers included a wide range of UK and international experts from law enforcement, academia, industry and the voluntary sector.
Evolving crime challenges
Crime in England and Wales has fallen by more than 60% since the mid 1990s, according to the independent Crime Survey. In much of the Western world it has fallen sharply over roughly the same period. Since this government came to power, survey recorded crime has fallen by over a fifth.
At the same time, the picture is becoming more complex. In England and Wales, more people are coming forward to report certain types of abuse that have previously been under-reported. Meanwhile, advances in technology are providing opportunities for both criminals and law enforcement.
As the government responds to the evolving picture of crime, we must:
develop better analysis and evidence on crime trends and drivers, and share it so that police forces and others can ensure crime keeps falling
co-ordinate the response to crime issues that are national, serious or organised
Both of these aims were central to our discussions at the conference.