An ONS review of the Crime Survey for England and Wales and crimes recorded by the police showed that while both report a fall in offences, police records appear to "overstate the true rate in which crime has been falling".
There are warning signs for the police and Home Office, with the increase in theft. And earlier this week the British Retail Consortium's Survey showed an increase of over 15% in the cost of retail crime alongside a drop in the proportion of crime reported by retailers to the police from 48% to 16%.
This is perhaps why the Office for National Statistics has begun to express concern that apparent reductions in police recorded crime may be exaggerated.
The crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne has welcomed the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, saying:
Police reform is working. We have swept away central targets, reduced bureaucracy and these figures show forces are rising to the challenge of doing more with less. Many have achieved significant reductions in crime with reduced budgets.
Overall crime in England and Wales has fallen by 8% to 8.9 million in the year to September 2012 compared with the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Crimes in all categories were lower for the year, with notable decreases in vandalism, burglary and vehicle-related theft.
This was the lowest level since the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) began in 1981.