Knife Crime (9892/18)

Request

Knife crime offences broken down by injury and Neighbourhood Policing Unit for May 2017 – 2018.

CLARIFICATION

Just wondering if murders where a knife was used are being categorised differently? As I can only see 1 for the whole of West Midlands between May 2017 – 2018 but we know there to be many more than this.

Can you advise why this may be please?

Response

Please find attached our further amended response.  Please note the original search was incorrect, please see following explanation: The knife crime search is split into murder and offences other than murder, as this is the way the Home Office define them.  Under our original search we didn’t select murder (the fatal one in the original data was an attempt murder where the person has subsequently died).  The attached data is in addition to the original data.

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.

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