Islamophobic Hate Crime

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


In light of the figures used by the BBC  Regional News to show a 60 per cent plus raise in islamophobic hate crime in London, can you give me the latest figures you have for hate crime targeted at Muslim communities of London for 2013 and 2014, broken down by month & borough as well.


Answer for Islamophobic Hate Crime

Answer for Islamophobic Hate Crime

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

The figure quoted by the BBC is misleading.  MPS data shows that there was a 7.85% increase in reported Islamaphobic hate crime over the last 12 months, from 535 to 577 offences. 

However, this is on top of a large increase in reports in 2013, particularly in the aftermath of the murder of Lee Rigby.  The increase in Islamaphobic hate crime compares to a 20.8% increase in all reported hate crime offences and an increase in anti-Semitic offences in the same period.  The figures, broken down by month and borough as requested, are attached as Appendix 2.

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. The rise in reported Islamaphobic hate crime in 2013 followed the Lee Rigby murder and there has been a similar effect on anti-Semitic offences in 2014 related to the conflict in Gaza.

Following 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.

It is important to note, as with all underreported crimes that some element of any increase may be driven by increased confidence to report.