Anti-Social Behaviour, 2011/12

Anti-Social Behaviour, 2011/12: ONS/Crime Survey for England and Wales

  • According to the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), overall, 15% of adults had a high level of perceived anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their local area in the last 12 months, showing no change from the previous year.
  • One in ten (10%) believed that the level of anti-social behaviour in their local area over the past few years had ‘gone up a lot’, in comparison with almost half (49%) who believed that in England and Wales it had ‘gone up a lot’.
  • Thirty per cent of people had personally experienced or witnessed at least one incident of anti-social behaviour in their local area in the last 12 months.
  • The most common type of anti-social behaviour experienced or witnessed – by around one in eight (12%) – was drink related behaviour. Of those respondents who experienced drink related behaviour and were asked further details, 7% reported witnessing this type of behaviour every/almost every day and around a third (32%) at least once a week.
  • According to the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS), overall, an estimated 12% of business premises (across the four sectors covered by the survey) had experienced at least one incident of anti-social behaviour in the 12 months prior to interview.
  • Of these 12% of business premises that reported being affected, drink related behaviour and groups hanging around on the street were the most frequently experienced types of anti-social behaviour, affecting around one-third (35%) of such premises.
  • Drink related behaviour was the most commonly experienced type of anti-social behaviour in premises in the accommodation and food sector, which includes pubs and restaurants, affecting 43% of those premises that had experienced ASB. Problems with groups hanging around on the street was the most commonly experienced type of anti-social behaviour in the retail and wholesale sector, affecting 40% of those premises that had experienced ASB.
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Crime against businesses

Crime against businesses: Headline findings from the 2012 Commercial Victimisation Survey: Home Office

  • There were 9.2 million crimes against the four sectors covered by the 2012 CVS in the year prior to interview.
  • The majority of these (7.7 million) were experienced by premises in the wholesale and retail sector, which is the largest of the four sectors covered.
  • Premises in the wholesale and retail sector also experienced the highest rate of crime of the sectors (19,701 incidents per 1,000 premises) covered in the survey, mostly driven by shoplifting offences.
  • There were a total of 4.1 million incidents of shoplifting estimated from the survey, almost half the total number of crimes across all four sectors covered by the survey.
  • Manufacturing premises experienced relatively low rates of crime across all crime types compared with other sectors.
  • Transportation and storage premises had the highest rate of vehicle-related theft (506 incidents per 1,000 premises over the year).
  • Accommodation and food premises experienced the highest rate of assaults and threats (2,073 incidents per 1,000 premises over the year).