I am very encouraged to see that the latest crime statistics show that crime is down by 38 per cent since June 2010, and in 2017 alone is down by 9 per cent in the year to June 2017. The independent Crime Survey for England and Wales, the best measure of crime experienced by individuals and families, also shows that crime is down by 70 per cent since its 1995 peak. This shows that police reform is working, and that families and communities are safer as a result.
However over the same period, the number of crimes recorded by police forces in England and Wales has increased. Much of this increase is due to continued improvements to recording practices, and an increased willingness of victims to come forward and report certain crimes like child sexual abuse and domestic violence to the police. But it is the case that some of this increase is genuine, which is why I welcome plans to consult on legislative measures to tackle offensive and dangerous weapons, a new action plan to tackle the use of acid and other corrosives in violent attacks, and the Government will continue to implement our Modern Crime Prevention Strategy which seeks to address the underlying drivers of crime.
Crime is changing, and the way we respond to crime must change accordingly. £1.9 billion is being invested to support the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 to counter the cyber threats the UK faces. A Joint Fraud Taskforce has also been established, which is a collective response to fraud that builds on the good work being done by the banks and the police to take on some of the most difficult issues that no single organisation can be expected to tackle alone.