Hate Crime Trends

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4544
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can I have breakdown of hate crime trends across London and those specific to my constituency of Brent and Harrow? What reduction strategy MOPAC has put in place to deal with dramatic increases in reported cases of faith related hate crimes and other forms of hate crime?

Answer

Answer for Hate Crime Trends

Answer for Hate Crime Trends

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There was an increase of 20.8% in recorded hate crime offences in London in the last year, up from 10,312 offences to 12,455.

 

In Brent the increase was greater at 35.3%, up from 363 offences to 491.  The number of recorded offences in Harrow is lower, up from 210 to 255, but this still translates as a 21.4% increase, slightly higher that the average for London.

 

Hate crime is significantly under-reported, which makes analysis of trends very difficult. Any increase may include elements of increased confidence to report. We know that Islamaphobic and anti-Semitic offences differ from other hate crimes in that their incidence is more likely to be influenced by national and international events.  MPS data shows that there was a 7.85% increase in Islamaphobic hate crime over the last 12 months, from 535 to 577 offences. There has also been a 95% increase in anti-Semitic offences in 2014.

 

In Brent, the number of Islamaphobic offences dropped slightly in the last year from 24 to 22.  Anti-Semitic offences increased from 3 to 7.  A similar picture in Harrow saw Islamaphobic offences reduce from 19 to 16 while anti-Semitic offences increased from 4 to 11.

 

Both the Commissioner and I take hate crime very seriously.  Following, and since the Lee Rigby murder the London Muslim Community Forum and other key stakeholders have worked together with the MPS to put in place many measures to deter and prevent Islamaphobic hate crime. These include local messages and engagement, media releases and an active police presence at key times, locations and occasions such as Ramadan and Eid.  A similar raft of measures was taken to protect Jewish communities following the increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents earlier this year.

 

Finally, MOPAC has just published my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London which will drive up the confidence to report hate crime, protect communities and individuals and ensure swift and sure justice for victims.  The strategy is available on the MOPAC website and a copy will be sent to all Assembly Members.