Crime Stats (13247_16)

Request

1) Could you please give me a month-by-month break down of how many crimes were committed in 2015 and 2016, starting from January 2015 and so on…

2) Of those, could you also give me a month-by-month breakdown of how many crimes were committed that were involving racial hatred/xenophobia in 2015 and 2016, starting from January 2015 and so on…

Response

Please find attached our response.  Please note, there is no special interest marker for xenophobia. However, in order to answer question 2 we have selected offence type as hate and hate strand – race –  then we have broken the figures down month-by-month of crimes committed that involved racial hatred/xenophobia in 2015 and 2016.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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