Quick Guide: Law and order
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Crime rate

Violent crime

Policing

Drugs

ASBOs

Prisons

Crime rate

Labour promised to be "tough on crime, and tough on the causes of crime".

After eight years in office, overall crime rates have been falling, as measured by the British Crime Survey.

But more than one in four households are still victims of crime each year and the recorded crime rate has gone up.

Many crimes - such as shoplifting and anti-social behaviour - are not fully recorded by either method.

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