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Knife Crime (623A/20)

Request

I want to know what has happened with the number of all knife crime offences in the West Midlands during the virus period ie 1st January 2020 to date on a monthly or even better daily basis so I can see what happened from 23rd March to 31st May during the lock down and since it was eased. I also wanted the same time period statistics preferably on a daily basis for last year. When I say the West Midlands I mean the area that is described as the West Midlands when the national statistics for knife crime come out every year.

So all knife crime offences January 1st 2020 – January 31st 2020 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences January 1st 2019 – January 31st 2019 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences February 1st 2020- February 29th 2020 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences February 1st 2019 – February 28th 2019 (monthly total is Ok)

All knife crime offences March 1st 2020 – March 31st 2020 ( daily total please)

All knife crime offences March 1st 2019 – March 31st 2019 ( daily total please)

All knife crime offences April 1st 2020- April 30th 2020 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences April 1st 2019 – April 30th 2019 (monthly total is Ok)

All knife crime offences May 1st 2020- May 31st 2020 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences May 1st 2019- May 31st 2019 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences June 1st 2020- June 30th 2020 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences June 1st 2019 – June 30th 2019 (monthly total is Ok)

All knife crime offences July 1st 2020- July 31st 2020 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences July 1st 2019- July 31st 2019 (monthly total is OK)

All knife crime offences August 1st 2020 – August 13th 2020 ( daily total please)

All knife crime offences August 1st 2019 – August 13th 2019 ( daily total please)

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.

Attachments

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