While recent official property crime survey England and Wales figures CSEW - Office of National Statistics - suggest that long term property crime is on the decline.
The internet and other new technology have provided new methods for criminals to commit acquisitive crime. While work is currently underway to provide more comprehensive measures of fraud and cyber crime, existing crime statistics do not currently provide a full picture of this time of crime. However, the CSEW gives an indication of how this is changing the nature of property crime. For example, the year ending March 2015 CSEW showed that 4.6% of plastic card owners were victims of plastic card fraud in the previous year, a much higher rate of victimisation than traditional offences such as theft from the person (0.9%). In addition, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) recorded nearly 600,000 offences reported to them by victims in the year ending March 2015. This compares with 79,000 victims of theft from the person recorded by the police over the same period.
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