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Many more people in England and Wales worry about being a victim of crime than will actually experience it. The gap between the perception of crime and the risk of becoming a victim is particularly noticeable around robbery figures.
ONS figures showed that 0.3% of adults were victims of robbery in the year ending March 2016, but 9% of those surveyed were very worried they would experience it in the forthcoming year- 30 times higher than the rate of victimisation.
Trends in prevalence and worry about robbery, Crime Survey for England and Wales, years ending March 2009 to March 2016
On the other hand, for some crimes people’s perceptions and risk of victimisation are more closely aligned. The crime that people are most worried about was identity theft (24%), followed by online crime (10%).
The Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that around 1 in 10 adults were victims of fraud and computer misuse offences in the year ending March 2016 and the majority of these incidents (67%), included an online element.
Proportion of adults very worried about online crime and identity theft by age, year ending March 2016 CSEW
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Risk of victimisation by crime type
The risk of victimisation for different groups also varies by crime type. The CSEW showed that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault were more likely to be women, while men and women had a similar likelihood of becoming a victim of theft from the person.
More generally, the rate of victimisation of crime varied across different groups in society, lifestyle factors like employment status and housing status can also be relevant.
- Age: Younger adults were most likely to be victims of crime, whereas older people were least likely.
- Sex: Men were more likely to have been a victim of violence, robbery and vehicle-related theft, than women. Women were twice as likely as men to be a victim of domestic violence and over five times as likely as men to have been sexually assaulted.
- Employment status: Unemployed people were more likely to be victims of crime, compared with those in employment. Retired adults have a lower risk of burglary and vehicle-related theft than those in work. Students were almost twice as likely as to be victims of theft from the person than the average adult in England and Wales.
- Housing tenure: Renters were more likely to be a victim of a violent crime, burglary or vehicle related theft than home owners.
- Geographical area: Areas with higher rates of unemployment also had higher levels of burglary, criminal damage, other household theft and vehicle-related theft.