17 October 2013 Last updated at 12:34
Crime falls 7% to record low in England and Wales
"Overall crime figures have fallen to half the peak level recorded in 1995
Crime has fallen 7% to a record low in the last year, the Crime Survey for England and Wales has shown.
There were 8.5m incidents in the year to the end of June, compared with 9.1m the previous year.
The drop comes despite a 9% rise in sexual offences, which was partly driven by the Jimmy Savile revelations [?] of abuse.
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said England and Wales are safer than they have been "for decades".
The headline crime figure is the lowest since the survey began in 1981, and has now fallen to half its peak level, recorded in 1995.
However, the Office for National Statistics, which collates the survey, said the number of historical sexual offences - those which took place more than 20 years ago - recorded by the police has doubled."
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Watchdog says it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales.
"Last week, the UK Statistics Authority, the watchdog that oversees the publication of official data, said it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales."