I thought that the sentences "To avoid unnecessary repetition of the term 'recorded crimes and offences' throughout this publication, reference is simply made to 'offences'. This should be interpreted to mean recorded crimes and offences." inferred that there really isn't a difference. Crimes are more serious than offences but who decides which is which and by what yardstick? It isn't at all clear and it seems to me that if you want to reduce crime you call them offences and vice versa.
from personnel experience I have known of reported incidents that have been regarded as a minor offense by the recipient of the call and brushed aside as "nothing we really can do about it"..."know-one available at the moment" or "phone back if the situation gets out of hand"
And yes I am aware that calls are supposedly recorded.
I've not had chance to read through the documents, but it's my understanding that the figures come from different sources, the crime figures are police statistics from crime reports, the offence statistics are from the National Crime Survey...
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