Knife Crimes Stats (10110_17 and 10426_17)

Request

10110/17

The monthly number of knife crime offences and sanction detections for knife crime offences for each month from January 2012 to June 2017 inclusive, broken down by the following knife crime feature codes:

 09 – KNIFE – DAGGER 10 – KNIFE – FLICK 11 – KNIFE – KITCHEN  12 – KNIFE – MACHETTE  13 – KNIFE – PEN  14 – KNIFE – CRAFT  33 – KNIFE (N/K)  71 – FLICK KNIFE  72 – KITCHEN KNIFE 73 – MACHETE 74 – PEN KNIFE  75 – CRAFT KNIFE 76 – LOCK KNIFE 77 – KNIFE – UNKNOWN

 WEAPONS USE

MISAPPROPRIATED, BELIEVED NOT SEEN, USED CAUSING INJURY, USED CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE ONLY, USED AS A BLUNT INSTRUMENT, USED AS A THREAT, OTHER USE, USED, NO INJURY OR DAMAGE, CARRIED NOT USED. 

 

10426/17 

The monthly number of

  1. successful and
  2. unsuccessful

knife crime offence outcomes for each individual month from January 2014 to June 2017 inclusive. Please break down successful outcomes by the categories of caution, charge/summons, community resolution, taken into consideration and former detections such as warnings and reprimands. Please note that the outcomes are based on the last disposal; in instances where there are multiple individuals involved, the outcome listed should be that of the last individual to be disposed. 

Response

Please find attached our response.

We have compiled a series of tables in order to answer your requests. For request 10426/17, the table given to answer this request provides all of the outcomes for all recorded knife crime offences for the time period stipulated. Please note some outcomes have been edited to protect information about the victim. Additionally, West Midlands Police changed the way that we recorded outcomes in April 2014 so differences may exist between the data before and after that date. In particular, prior to April 2014, it was not always mandatory to attach an outcome code to a record.

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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