Recorded crime isn’t falling. Good.

Here’s some good news. Recorded crime isn’t falling.

Why good? It’s good because crime survey data (which can’t be fiddled) shows that crime is falling, by 14% to the year ending March 2014. If the crime people say they experience is falling but the crimes recorded by police aren’t, that means that the difference between what people experience and what they report to the police is falling.

That means the police have a better idea of crime in their area, which in turns means they can deal with it. It’s why I, and others, have said we are prepared for recorded crime figures to rise, if that gives a better reflection of reality.

Even better is for surveyed crime to fall and recorded crime to stay flat, which it is.

Good news for honest statistics. Good news for honest people.

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