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Recorded crime to rise as ONS statistics include cyber-crime

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The ONS is to issue new statistics on Thursday which will include cyber-crime for the first time.

The move will mean a dramatic rise in the annual number of offences in England and Wales. Experts believe it could lead to crime almost tripling with the addition of 12.5m online offences a year. The latest Crime Survey of England and Wales said there were 6.8m offences in the year to the end of March.

A police source told the Telegraph: “Many in the police have said for a long time that traditional crime like burglary have been in steep decline because criminals are going online. Finally, the official figures will be recognising that changing pattern.” Separately, official figures published yesterday showed hate crime reported to the police jumped by 18% last year to more than 52,000 incidents.