Hate Crime Under-Reporting

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4545
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can I have an update of the current level of under-reporting of hate crime incidents across London?  What is your overarching strategy to reduce this? How are you improving access to third party reporting?

  

Answer

Answer for Hate Crime Under-Reporting

Answer for Hate Crime Under-Reporting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

By its very nature it's not possible to measure the level of under-reporting in London at any given time.  Figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales suggest hate crime is widely under-reported, with around 278,000 hate crimes a year nationally, of which only 43,000 are reported to police.   Roughly 10,000 of those will be reported to the MPS. 

My Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London, published on 3 December 2014, contains a number of specific strategies to address the under-reporting of hate crime.  These include an awareness raising campaign, the development of new reporting methods, and actions to ensure effective enforcement against perpetrators when hate crime is reported. In addition, the MPS is working to identify, promote and support the use of local third party reporting facilities and hate crime victim support services.