Violent Crime in London

MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide a breakdown of all Violence against the Person offences over the past 24 months by Borough and by gender of the victim.  Please provide this information in an excel format.


Answer for Violent Crime in London

Answer for Violent Crime in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please find attached as Appendix 13 a spreadsheet containing the number of Violence against the Person victims broken down by gender and borough.

The ONS has said that the renewed focus on the quality of crime recording is likely to have prompted improved compliance with national standards, leading to more crimes being recorded than previously and is thought to have particularly affected the police recorded figures for violence against the person. ONS states that the overall level of violence against the person recorded by the police (in England & Wales) in the year ending September 2014 showed a 16% increase compared with the previous year, with 40 of the 43 forces reporting rises. The largest volume increase was reported by the MPS (an additional 23,218 offences).

It is known that violent offences are more prone to subjective judgement about whether to record a crime. The 'Crime-recording: making the victim count' report published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in November 2014 found that violence against the person offences had the highest under-recording rates across police forces in England and Wales. Nationally, an estimated one of three (33%) violent offences that should have been recorded as crimes were not. Therefore, action taken by police forces to generally improve their compliance with the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) is likely to have resulted in the increase in the number of offences recorded in contrast with the comparator year (October 2012 to September 2013).

Evidence from the MPS (given to PCC on 13 November 2014) supports this point, which shows an increase in the number of reports of violence being recorded as crimes. It was reported that the proportion of incidents of violence that were converted into recorded crimes rose from 40% to 75% between 2012 and 2014.

Notwithstanding this MOPAC and the MPS are not complacent and the MPS has launched Operation Equinox to target and reduce violent crime in key locations working with partners to tackle gangs, licensing and night-time economy issues. Alongside this, MOPAC will be working with the MPS and partners to deliver a serious of local MOPAC Challenge meetings with an aim of developing joint action plans looking at crime prevention tactics.