Finding and using other useful resources in criminology

  • Police recorded crime (England and Wales)

    • Download police recorded crime data in a spreadsheet from the Home Office official statistics webpage.
    • Understand how the police recorded data is categorised with this user guide (PDF) from the Home Office.
    • View up-to-date crime statistics for Thames Valley Police (You will need to pick a local area from the A-Z list at the bottom of the page)
    • View up-to-date crime statistics for other police forces via force websites. Alternatively the Home Office data has a column listing the police force so you may prefer to work from this data if you are comparing multiple areas.

    Crime Survey for England and Wales

    Other crime surveys

    Box of Broadcasts is a service that all Oxford Brookes students and staff have access to (although you cannot access it from outside the UK). Box of Broadcasts provides access to an extensive archive of TV and radio content. When you go to Box of Broadcasts, click 'sign in' and then select 'Oxford Brookes' when prompted.


    You can make and share your own Box of Broadcasts playlists, or browse the library's criminology playlist.


    If you're interested in criminology and crime podcasts, you might find this list from the library a good starting point.



    There is a lot of useful material on crime and policing available online, although you need to think carefully about whether what you find is appropriate for academic work. You may find this guide to evaluating web resources useful (PDF). You may also want to look at this list of reliable and authoritative websites
    Crime and the media have had a long and complex relationship. To learn more about how to find different types of news resources (from the UK and beyond), have a look at our news and current affairs page.
    The UK government publishes a wide range of resources, many of which are easily accessible online. To find out more about different types of government publication, have a look at our dedicated government publications page.