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Knife crime in Sandwell (721A/20)

Request

I would like to request the total number of reported knife crimes in Sandwell, West Midlands for the following years: 2018, 2019, 2020 to date.

Could you please also provide the number split into ethnic background of the criminal including polish individuals as a separate number?

Response

I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by West Midlands Police in relation to the ethnicity break down of Polish Individuals.

However, we are able to provide the Knife crime figures for Sandwell, West Midlands for the following years: 2018, 2019, and 2020 to 13th September 2020.

Also we can provide the ethnicity:  officer defined and self-defined.

Knife Crime in Sandwell (01-Jan-18 to 13-Sep-20)

Knife Crime by Month and Year

Month / Year 2018 2019 2020 Total
Jan 14 18 20 52
Feb 19 21 23 63
Mar 25 28 24 77
Apr 30 46 13 89
May 26 28 24 78
Jun 27 22 30 79
Jul 29 31 35 95
Aug 22 25 39 86
Sep 24 25 13 62
Oct 25 31 56
Nov 40 24 64
Dec 22 19 41
Total 303 318 221 842

Knife Crime by DEFE Ethnicity and Year

DEFE Ethnicity 2018 2019 2020 Total
ASIAN 5 7 4 16
BLACK 15 18 10 43
MIDDLE EASTERN 1 0 0 1
WHITE NORTH EUROPEAN 27 31 20 78
WHITE SOUTH EUROPEAN 0 0 1 1
OTHER 1 1 0 2
NOT KNOWN 254 261 186 701
Total 303 318 221 842

Knife Crime by DEFE Self-Defined Ethnicity and Year

DEFE Ethnicity 2018 2019 2020 Total
ASIAN – INDIAN 2 4 1 7
ASIAN – OTHER 1 1 0 2
ASIAN – PAKISTANI 3 3 3 9
BLACK – AFRICAN 2 2 5 9
BLACK – CARIBBEAN 9 10 2 21
BLACK – OTHER 1 3 4 8
MIXED – OTHER 1 0 0 1
MIXED – WHITE+BLACK CARIBBEAN 3 2 0 5
WHITE – BRITISH 27 27 15 69
WHITE – IRISH 0 2 0 2
WHITE – OTHER 0 0 6 6
OTHER – ANY OTHER 0 0 1 1
NOT STATED 254 264 184 702
Total 303 318 221 842

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.

 

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