Violent Crime (4387_13)

Request

I wish to request statistics on the level of violent crime in minors (under the age of 18) for the past 5-10 years. Within the West Midlands area.

Response

The following table shows the Count of Total Recorded ‘Violent Crime’ and the Count of those where Age of Defendant is Recorded and is between 0 and 17

Violent Crime

Year

Total Recorded

Defendant Under 18

% Known Offenders Under 18

2002

48,704

4,573

9.4%

2003

67,744

6,233

9.2%

2004

67,201

6,128

9.1%

2005

69,926

6,259

9.0%

2006

69,382

6,148

8.9%

2007

65,653

5,535

8.4%

2008

59,858

4,832

8.1%

2009

57,972

5,200

9.0%

2010

54,190

4,201

7.8%

2011

47,703

3,651

7.7%

2012

42,552

3,179

7.5%

2013*

42,996

2,545

5.9%

*01 January 2013 to 02 December 2013

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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