Knife Crime (8457/18)

Request

As part of the below request I would like the search to include the following weapons;

09 – KNIFE ¿ DAGGER

10 – KNIFE – FLICK

11 – KNIFE – KITCHEN

12 – KNIFE – MACHETTE

13 – KNIFE – PEN

14 – KNIFE – CRAFT

83 – SWORD

84 – AXE

70 – DAGGER

71 – FLICK KNIFE

72 – KITCHEN KNIFE

73 – MACHETE

74 – PEN KNIFE

75 – CRAFT KNIFE

76 – LOCK KNIFE

77 – KNIFE – UNKNOWN

33 – KNIFE (N/K)

87        – MEAT CLEAVER

1.

a) How many knife crime offences were reported to the force in 2017? I would like this information broken down for each calendar month.

b) How many of the knife crime offences were fatal? (based on the offences of murder and manslaughter). I would like this information broken down for each calendar month.

c) Can you provide the outcomes for all knife crime offences in 2017?

2.

a) How many knife crime offences were reported to the force in 2018 (01 January 2018 to 6 June 2018). I would like this information broken down for each calendar month.

b) How many of the knife crime offences were fatal (based on the offences of murder and manslaughter). I would like this information broken down for each calendar month.

c) Can you provide the outcomes for all knife crime offences reported to the force in 2018 (01 January 2018 to 6 June 2018).

Response

Please find attached 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.

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.

To assist, please see a statement recently issued by our Corporate Communications team:

West Midlands Police knife crime lead Superintendent Ian Parnell said: “One knife-related crime is one too many. The consequences of carrying knives can be catastrophic. We’ve seen people suffer very serious injuries, while offenders can expect to spend many years behind bars.

“If we look at the level of knife crime across the area we can see that although the statistics have increased recently – mirroring the national picture − it comes following a considerable decline leading up to the last few years. Nevertheless, there is still much work to do.

“The offences will include those where knives have been seen, used or threatened. In many cases no injuries have been caused, but we do understand the impact knife crime has on the community.

“We’re currently preparing for a major operation to tackle knife crime and those who think it’s acceptable to carry blades. We will target wanted suspects, visit repeat offenders, carry out weapons sweeps of open spaces, and carry out test purchase operations to identify shops which are selling knives to under 18s.

“We will also be working with the Border Force to intercept knives and weapons which are being illegally imported to the UK.

“The people we find most often in possession of a knife in public are young men aged between 15 and 19. A common excuse we hear is that it’s for their ‘protection’ – but that is a total fallacy and it’s shocking how many times young men are seriously hurt by the very knife they are carrying.

“That’s why we are working to deter young people from carrying knives through our Precious Lives project. Hundreds of thousands of school pupils have now seen the hard-hitting presentation which is designed to steer them away from knife crime.

“If you carry or use a knife you are likely to be arrested and prosecuted and, if found guilty, likely to face a substantial prison sentence.”

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