Crime falls by 3% in Wales, official figures have shown

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Image caption Reports of fraud were up 25% according to the survey

Overall recorded crime in Wales fell by 3% in 2013, according to official figures.

The total number of offences recorded by the four forces in 2013 was 173,147, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

Dyfed-Powys Police and North Wales Police saw a drop of 7% while South Wales Police recorded a reduction of 1.5%.

But it rose by 1.6% in the Gwent Police area.

Individual forces saw some sharp increases in levels of recorded violent crime, including a 26% spike for Gwent Police and 13% in south Wales.

The level of violent crime in north Wales fell by 4%.

However, figures have shown there was a 25% increase in the number of recorded sexual offences across the forces.

Robberies fell by 8%, burglaries were down 9% and drug offences dropped by 8%.

However, there was an overall rise in shoplifting, criminal damage and arson.

Across the whole of England and Wales, the actual number of crimes recorded by police forces crept up slightly, by 0.3%.

Police Force Dec 2013 Dec 2012 Change % Change
Dyfed-Powys 18,535 20,006 -1,471 -7.35
Gwent 34,984 34,436 548 +1.59
North Wales 36,532 39,434 -2,902 -7.36
South Wales 83,096 84,384 -1,288 -1.53
TOTAL 173,147 178,260 -5,113 -2.87

But according to figures published on Thursday by ONS, the level of reported crime measured in the Crime Survey for England and Wales, fell by 15% - the lowest level since the survey began in 1981.

The CSEW figures estimate crime levels based on how many people say they have been victim of a crime, rather than relying on crimes recorded by individual police forces.

About 50,000 households are invited to take part in the survey every year, and the results are considered to give a better picture of actual crime levels than just police figures alone.

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