Violent crime rose by 5 per cent last year, with young men most at risk of being attacked, according to government figures. Vandalism rose by 10 per cent to more than 2.9 million offences, more than half being attacks on vehicles.
The figures in the British Crime Survey were published yesterday, with separate statistics from police showing a 3 per cent rise in robberies. Those recorded by police were at the highest level for three years, at 101,300, of which 91,900 were crimes against the individual, such as street robbery.
Overall, crime in the British Crime Survey rose by 3 per cent to 11.2 million while offences recorded by the 43 police forces in England and Wales fell 2 per cent to 5.4 million.
Only 1.4 million crimes were detected and just 47 per cent of those resulted in a charge or summons. Almost a quarter of detections resulted in an offender receiving a caution, the Home Office figures show.
Street crime and vandalism rise