Crime data is broken down into ‘major’ and ‘minor’ crime types. Please see a breakdown of what these mean and include below. You may notice that these vary from the crime types found in the ‘Your area’ tool. We are working to bring these data sets together and ensure a consistent approach to crime categorisation.

Major class


Minor classes included


Burglary is the theft, or attempted theft, from a premises where access is not authorised. Damage to a premises that appears to have been caused by a person attempting to enter to commit a burglary, is also counted as burglary. Residential and commercial burglaries are distinguished by the function of the building.

Burglary in a dwelling

Burglary in other buildings

Criminal Damage

Where property is intentionally destroyed or damaged, not necessarily to gain entry to premises or a vehicle.





Criminal damage to dwelling

Criminal damage to motor vehicle

Criminal damage to other building

Other criminal damage


Possession, consumption, supply of or the intent to supply illegal drugs.

Drug trafficking

Other drugs

Possession of drugs

Fraud & Forgery

Fraud is an intentional deception in most occasions for monetary gain; whereas forgery is the action of creating an exact replica of an object with the intention of deception.

Other fraud and forgery

Other Notifiable Offences

This is a broad category containing offences that are notifiable to the Home Office.

Going equipped

Other notifiable


Theft with the use of force or a threat of force. Both personal and commercial robbery are included. Snatch theft is not included.

Business property

Personal property

Sexual Offences

A broad category of sexual offences, including Indecent Assault and Unlawful (under age) Sexual Intercourse.

Other sexual


Theft & Handling

Theft from a person, motor vehicle, bikes, residential or non-residential property and more. Plus the storage, transport or attempted resale of property after a theft has occurred.








Handling stolen goods

Motor vehicle interference and tampering

Other theft

Theft from motor vehicle

Theft from shops

Theft person

Theft/taking of motor vehicle

Theft/taking of pedal cycle

Violence Against The Person

Includes a range of offences from minor offences such as harassment and common assault, to serious offences such as murder, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm.

Assault with injury

Common assault


Murder (homicide)

Offensive weapon

Other violence


Additional Crime Types

This is a broad category of types not covered in other categories. They range from weapon-related crimes to hate crimes and robbery.

Gun crime

Motor vehicle crime

Domestic crime

Racist and religious hate crime

Homophobic crime

Anti-semitic crime

Islamophobic crime

Most Serious violence



Robbery of mobile phone


LBW discharges

Knife crime