Recorded Crime (FOI 5063_14)

Request

Please tell me how many cases of racially-motivated crimes against Romanian and Bulgarian nationals were recorded in the West Midlands Police force area in the following periods:

 

January to March 2013

April to June 2013

July to September 2013

October to December 2013

January to March 2014

April 2014 to present

 

If breaking it down to these three month periods is not possible, please break it down by year. Please also, if possible, break the results down by the type of racially aggravated offence, e.g Harassment, Criminal Damage, Breach of the public order act, assault.

Response

 

Racially motivated offences against Romanian and Bulgarian Nationals 01-JAN-2013 – 31-MAY-2014
Offences
January-March 13 1
April-June 13 0
July-September 13 2
October-December 13 1
January-March 14 0
April-May 14 1
Total 5

 

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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