Crime rises by half a million reported offences in England and Wales over last year, official figures show Office for National Statistics says rise driven by better recording and ‘genuine increases in crime’ Violent crime is driving a dramatic rise in offences recorded by police in England and Wales, causing officers to warn that the situation could worsen without increased government support. Documented crime rose by 13 per cent to 5.2 million offences in the year to June – an increase of 583,782 offences in real terms. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the rise represented both a genuine increase in some offences and improvements to the way they are recorded by police. John Flatley, head of crime statistics at the ONS, said: “Today’s figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime. “While improvements made by police forces in recording crime are still a factor in the increase, we judge that there have been genuine increases in crime – particularly in some of the low incidence but more harmful categories.” Mr Flatley added that separate figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which is considered a better indicator of long-term trends because it also records unreported offences, has shown an overall decline in crime. Read more here No surprises, Of course crimes are on the rise, because wages are at rock bottom, Jobs are few and far between, bills and cost of living is rising much faster than wages. People in and around Britain are struggling to live. Just like at the number of people turning to food banks. What do you guys think?