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Police 'overstate' fall in crime

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".

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Crime figures for 2012 down by 8% from previous year

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.

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