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online hate crime (1856A/23)


Please can you tell me the statistics for online hate crime/speech in the west midlands, preferably with statistics from the last few years?

We clarified with you on 28/11/2023 and you responded on 29/11/2023 

Your amended request now reads:

The specific information I want are the statistics from 2017 to the present day for how many people experience online hate crime


Please find enclosed our response:


Year Total
2017 4457
2018 5179
2019 6342
2020 8898
2021 3802
2022 1173
2023 836
Grand Total 30687

2023 date up to 8th Dec 2023.

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 considered 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 considered 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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