Guidance

Counting rules for recorded crime

These rules help to ensure that crimes are recorded consistently and accurately.

Documents

Vision and purpose statements for crime recording (NCRS & HOCR)

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Counting rules for recorded crime update July 2018

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Crime recording general rules

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Offence classification index

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Counting rules for violence against the person

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Counting rules for sexual offences

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Counting rules for robbery

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Counting rules for burglary

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Counting rules for theft

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Counting rules vehicle offences

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Counting rules for arson and criminal damage

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Counting rules for drug offences

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Counting rules for possession of weapons

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Counting rules for public order offences

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Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society

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Counting rules for fraud

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Counting rules for reported incidents

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Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2018 to 2019

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Counting Rules Crime Flags

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Details

The Home Office Counting Rules provide a national standard for the recording and counting of ‘notifiable’ offences recorded by police forces in England and Wales (known as ‘recorded crime’).

The individual documents give a breakdown of offences contained in each category and an explanation of how they are classified.

Linked documents

The national standard for incident recording (NSIR) counting rules

Published 4 July 2013
Last updated 2 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Crime recording general rules', 'Counting rules for violence against the person', 'Counting rules for public order offences', 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2018 to 2019'.
  2. Updated 'Counting Rules Crime Flags'.
  3. Updated 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society'.
  4. Updated 'Counting rules for recorded crime update April 2018', 'Crime recording general rules', 'Counting rules for violence against the person', 'Counting rules for sexual offences', 'Counting rules for robbery', 'Counting rules for burglary', 'Counting rules for theft', 'Counting rules vehicle offences', 'Counting rules for arson and criminal damage', 'Counting rules for drug offences', 'Counting rules for possession of weapons', 'Counting rules for public order offences', 'Counting rules for fraud', 'Counting rules for reported incidents' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2018 to 2019'.
  5. Updated 'Counting rules for violence against the person'.
  6. Updated 'Counting Rules Crime Flags'.
  7. Updated 'Offence classification index' and 'Counting rules for violence against the person'.
  8. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update November 2017', 'Counting rules general rules', 'Counting rules for violence against the person', 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2017 to 2018'.
  9. Updated 'Offence classification index'.
  10. Updated 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2017 to 2018'.
  11. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update July 2017', 'Counting rules general rules’, ‘Counting rules for violence against the person’, ‘Counting rules for possession of weapons’, ‘Counting rules for public order offences’ and ‘Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society’.
  12. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update April 2017', 'Counting rules general rules', ‘Counting rules for violence against the person’, ‘Counting rules for sexual offences’, ‘Counting rules for robbery’, ‘Counting rules for burglary’, ‘Counting rules for theft’, ‘Counting rules vehicle offences’, ‘Counting rules for arson and criminal damage’, ‘Counting rules for drug offences’, ‘Counting rules for possession of weapons’, ‘Counting rules for public order offences’, ‘Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society’, ‘Counting rules for fraud’ and ‘Counting rules for reported incidents’.
  13. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update November 2016', 'Counting rules general rules', 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2016 to 2017'.
  14. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update July 2016', 'Counting rules general rules', 'Counting rules for violence against the person', 'Counting rules for sexual offences', 'Counting rules for drug offences', 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2016 to 2017'.
  15. Updated 'Counting rules general rules'.
  16. Updated 'Counting rules for fraud'.
  17. Updated to 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2016 to 2017'.
  18. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update April 2016', 'Counting rules general rules', ‘Counting rules for violence against the person’, ‘Counting rules for sexual offences’, ‘Counting rules for robbery’, ‘Counting rules for burglary’, ‘Counting rules for theft’, ‘Counting rules vehicle offences’, ‘Counting rules for arson and criminal damage’, ‘Counting rules for drug offences’, ‘Counting rules for possession of weapons’, ‘Counting rules for public order offences’, ‘Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society’, ‘Counting rules for fraud’ and ‘Counting rules for reported incidents’.
  19. Updated ‘Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) for Recorded Crime Update of HOCR December 2015’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Crime Recording General Rules’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Violence against the Person’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Sexual Offences’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Drug Offences’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Possession of Weapons’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Public Order Offences’, ’Home Office Counting Rules Miscellaneous Crimes Against Society’ and ’Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2015 to 2016’.
  20. Updated 'Counting rules notifiable offences and notifiable reported incident list 2015 to 2016'.
  21. Updated 'Home Office Counting Rules Sexual Offences'.
  22. Updated 'Counting rules for reported incidents' and removed link to archived document 'The national crime recording standard (NCRS): What you need to know'.
  23. Updated 'Counting rules for violence against the person'.
  24. Updated 'Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) for Recorded Crime Update of HOCR August 2015', 'Home Office Counting Rules General Rules', 'Home Office Counting Rules Violence against the Person', 'Home Office Counting Rules Public Order Offences', 'Home Office Counting Rules Miscellaneous Crimes Against Society' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences list 2015 to 2016'.
  25. Updated 'Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) for Recorded Crime Update of HOCR April 2015'.
  26. Updated 'Counting rules for fraud'.
  27. Updated 'Counting rules notifiable offences list'.
  28. Added 'Counting rules summary of update April 2015', 'Offence classification index' and 'Counting rules for reported incidents'. Updated 'Counting rules general rules', 'Counting rules for violence against the person', 'Counting rules for sexual offences', 'Counting rules for robbery', 'Counting rules for burglary', 'Counting rules vehicle offences', 'Counting rules for theft', 'Counting rules for arson and criminal damage', 'Counting rules for drug offences', 'Counting rules for possession of weapons', 'Counting rules for public order offences', 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society' and 'Counting rules for fraud'. Removed 'Introduction to counting rules for recorded crime', 'Layout of classification and counting rules pages', 'Counting rules summary of update November 2014' and 'Counting rules summary of update July 2014'.
  29. Updated 'Home Office Counting Rules General Rules'.
  30. Added 'Vision and purpose statements for crime recording (NCRS & HOCR)'.
  31. Added 'Counting rules summary of update November 2014', updated 'Counting rules general rules', 'Counting rules for sexual offences', 'Counting rules for theft', 'Counting rules for possession of weapons', 'Counting rules for public order offences' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences list 2014 to 2015'.
  32. Updated 'Counting rules for theft'.
  33. Updated 'Counting rules summary of update July 2014', 'Counting rules general rules', 'Counting rules for violence against the person', 'Counting rules for robbery', 'Counting rules for theft', 'Counting rules for drug offences', 'Counting rules for possession of weapons', 'Counting rules for public order offences', 'Counting rules for miscellaneous crimes against society' and 'Counting rules notifiable offences list 2014 to 2015'.
  34. 'Counting rules for fraud': shortened version replaced by full NFIB fraud rules.
  35. All documents updated.
  36. Added ODS version of 'Counting rules notifiable offences list 2013/14'.
  37. 'Counting rules notifiable offences list 2013/14' has been updated.
  38. The following documents have been updated or added; summary of update July 2013, general rules, violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary, vehicle offences, theft, arson and criminal damage, drug offences, possession of weapons, public order offences and miscellaneous crimes against society.
  39. First published.
  40. 'Counting rules notifiable offences list 2013/14' has been updated.
  41. Rules updated in April 2013.