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Crime came down sharply last year - but there has been controversy over exactly how much it fell.
Figures show police-recorded crimes dropped by almost a third over the last five years, but as ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports, it is thought that up to 400,000 cases went unrecorded:
Analysis from the Office for National Statistics suggests there is a discrepancy between police records of crimes and the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).
The CSEW works by "asking people whether they have experienced any crime in the past year," whereas police records are based on officers recording offences in their patch.
The differences between these methods may give rise to discrepancies, although the exact reason why police records appear to overstate crime reduction is a matter of controversy.
He said there was a "culture and informal pressure of having targets and expectations" in police forces.
Another possibility for the discrepancy was that more low-level crimes were being dealt with informally and outside the formal crime recording system.
Mr Flatley also suggested it was also "possible" that reductions in police budgets and officers meant fewer offences were being recorded.
Crimes recorded in virtually all categories have fallen in the year ending September 2012 compared with the previous year with significant reductions in vandalism, burglary and vehicle thefts.
Pickpocketing was one of the few sub-categories that saw an increase, which may be due to the popularity of hand-held devices like iPhones, mp3 players and tablets.
- Violence against the person - down 5%
- Homicide - down 10%
- Attempted murder - down 2%
- Burglary - down 8%
- Anti-social behaviour incidents - down 2.4%
- Pickpocketing - up 6%
(Office for National Statistics)
The crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne has welcomed the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, saying:
Police records "overstate the true rate in which crime has been falling" according to the latest analysis from the Office for National Statistics.
The number of crimes recorded by police and those reported by residents in England and Wales both show the number of crimes is falling, but at different rates.
Police records suggest that crime rates dropped by 41% since 2002/03, compared to a 26% fall in the records of the Crime Survey for England and Wales.
In the last five years, the number of police-recorded crimes fell by 960,000, while the crime survey showed a fall of just 560,000.
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.