Crime and criminal justice Crime and criminal justice

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Crime and Criminal Justice

Statistical data on crime and criminal justice are important because of:

  • the political and social importance of crime
  • public concern about crime

Developing EU Statistics on crime and criminal justice

Providing data on crime in the EU is complicated by considerable differences in the methods and definitions used in the Member States. This should be taken into account when using statistical figures.

Work is in progress to improve the comparability of crime statistics across the EU Member States. The development of a more comparable system of crime and criminal justice statistics is outlined in a European Commission Communication titled ‘Measuring Crime in the EU: Statistics Action Plan 2011–2015' (COM(2011) 713 final).