Crime Severity Score measures 'relative harm' of crimes
A new way of measuring crime has been devised which ranks offences according to how serious they are.
The Crime Severity Score is designed to reflect the relative harm of offending, rather than how many crimes there are.
Under the new system, murder is given the top weighting - 7,979 points per offence - while cannabis possession has the lowest of three points per offence.
In the 12 months to April in England and Wales the Met Police had the highest score, Dyfed-Powys the lowest.
The Office for National Statistics compiled the new system, and said over the past 14 years the police recorded... read more
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