1) What are the statistics of Knife related incidents in 2012 and 2013?
The number of recorded knife crimes in the West Midlands Police force area.
2012 = 1,566
2013 = 1,640
2) How many people have fallen victims to knife crime in 2012 and 2013?
The number of victims of knife crime, where a knife was the weapon used and where it has been recorded as causing injury
2012 = 261
2013 = 313
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.
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3) Why is knife crime such a commonly committed crime?
The Freedom of Information Act applies to recorded information therefore the Freedom of Information unit are unable to offer opinion, conjecture or speculation.
4) What are the prevention measures taken to reduce knife crime?
Please note that overall the last ten years West Midlands Police have seen a marked reduction in knife and gun related offences and fatalities.
The force is committed to tackling the complex issue of knife and gun related crime and continuing to reduce the number of offences.
Despite several high profile cases and a number of tragic deaths last year, knife crime in the West Midlands region is falling dramatically and the force remains committed to driving the figure down further.