Statistics in Focus: Population and social conditions. Crime and Criminal Justice, 2006-2009.
Recent work to improve the comparability of statistics on crime and criminal justice reveals some significant developments in criminality in the European Union. This analysis is based on the number of offences recorded by the police for the period 2006-2009 (see Figure 1), with some reference to earlier trends. The number of crimes recorded by the police in the European Union has fallen constantly since about 2002, but during the period 2006-2009 this trend showed signs of slowing down. Towards the end of this period, the police recorded more crimes in a number of Member States (particularly, for domestic burglary and drug trafficking).