Reporting of Sex Crimes

Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner


You will be as concerned as I am to hear reports that 1-in-4 sex crimes are not being recorded correctly. Is this true? Is this acceptable, if so? And what will you do to address it?


Answer for Reporting of Sex Crimes

Answer for Reporting of Sex Crimes

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

It is highly unacceptable for any crime to be under recorded, particularly those of a sexual nature. A recent HMIC report concluded that nationally sexual offences have been under recorded at a rate of 26%.  The majority of these offences are of Exposure and Outraging Public Decency.

Both MOPAC and the MPS are committed to ensuring crime is accurately recorded. The MPS has responded to the need to get crime recording right in a number of ways, including a review of all training delivered towards those in public contact and crime recording roles.

The overall trend in relation to crime is positive and is now falling at a faster rate in London than the rest of England and Wales. More importantly, the reduction in recorded crime is backed up by the crime survey of England and Wales according to the independent ONS.

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