Discharged Firearms (2695_17 and 2697_17)

Request

Can you please state how many occasions the police force covering Birmingham has received reports of a firearm being discharged including incidents recorded as ‘Fired – Causing Injury to a Person’, ‘Fired – Causing Property Damage’ and ‘Fired – No Injury or Property Damage’ between April 1 2016 and February 8 2017?

Can you please state how many occasions the police force covering the city of Wolverhampton has received reports of a firearm being discharged in the city of Wolverhampton including incidents recorded as ‘Fired – Causing Injury to a Person’, ‘Fired – Causing Property Damage’ and ‘Fired – No Injury or Property Damage’ between April 1 2016 and February 8 2017?

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

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.
Offences of – ‘Fired – Causing Injury to a Person’, ‘Fired – Causing Property Damage’ and ‘Fired – No Injury or Property Damage’ between April 1 2016 and February 8 2017

*It is not possible to establish whether a firearm was actually discharged or not from the systems however whether they are “USED” or not is recorded. In the majority of cases this will involve the firearm being discharged but it is possible that the firearm may have been used as a blunt instrument.

*The use of air weapons is included in the data.

Firearms Birmingham Total
3 – USED, CAUSING INJURY 48
4 – USED, CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY 40
8 – USED, NO INJURY OR DAMAGE 21
Grand Total 109

Firearms Wolverhampton Count of Crime Number
3 – USED, CAUSING INJURY 1
4 – USED, CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY 6
8 – USED, NO INJURY OR DAMAGE 4
Grand Total 11
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