- The burglary rate is lower in Wales than in in any of the English regions, and much lower than in some.
- Burglary appears to be much more common in Newport than elsewhere.
The first graph shows how the risk of burglary in Wales compares with the English regions. The data source is the British Crime Survey (BCS), with the data being obtained via the annual Crime in England and Wales reports published by the Home Office rather than the dataset itself. To improve its statistical reliability, the data is averaged for the latest three years.
The second graph and map show how the number of burglaries recorded by the police varies by local authority. The data source is local authority recorded crime statistics published by the Home Office. Note that the number of crimes recorded by the police is a) not the same thing as the number of crimes recorded in the BCS (as used in the first graph) and b) substantially less than the number of crimes actually committed because not all are reported to the police. Furthermore, it may be that recording practices vary over time or between authorities. To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.
Overall adequacy of the indicator: limited. BCS is a well-established government survey, which is designed to be nationally representative. The sample sizes are, however, rather small and are not sufficient for time series analysis.