UN Crime Data and Trends

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General Background

The collection of statistics on crime at the international level was first considered in 1853. The Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1984/48 of 25 May 1984, requested that the Secretary-General maintain and develop the United Nations crime-related database by continuing to conduct surveys of crime trends and the operations of criminal justice systems. The major goal of the United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems is to collect data on the incidence of reported crime and the operations of criminal justice systems with a view to improving the analysis and dissemination of that information globally. The survey results provide an overview of trends and interrelationships between various parts of the criminal justice system to promote informed decision-making in administration, nationally and internationally.

Reference Publications
Compiling and comparing International Crime Statistics

Statistics reported to the United Nations in the context of its various surveys on crime levels and criminal justice trends are incidents of victimization that have been reported to the authorities in any given country. That means that this data is subject to the problems of accuracy of all official crime data. The variety of potential problems with recorded crime statistics is illustrated in the diagram below.
CTS waves:

The Eleventh CTS was sent to Member States on 30 August 2009 with a deadline for responses of 31 October 2009. Results will be posted on this page when available.

Data tables available include

  • Tenth CTS (2005 -2006)
  • Ninth CTS (2003 – 2004)
  • Eighth CTS (2001 – 2002)
  • Seventh CTS (1998 – 2000)
  • Sixth CTS (1995 – 1997)
  • Fifth CTS (1990 – 1994)
  • Fourth CTS (1986 – 1990)
  • Second and Third CTS (1975 – 1986)
  • First and Second CTS (1970 – 1980)