The number of crimes recorded annually in England and Wales has passed the five million marking for the first time in 10 years, rising by 13%, figures show.
The Office for National Statistics said crimes in the 12 months to June were up from 4.6 million the previous year.
It said misdemeanour categorised as “violent” rose by 19%, with rises in offences including stalking and harassment.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales, based on people’s experiences, recommends there used to be 10.8 million offences.
The survey includes misdemeanours that people do not report to police. When comparing like-for-like misdemeanours, the survey reported a 9% reduction compared with the previous year.