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'No Criming' of Incidents Between 2014-2017

Question

1. Please can you tell me how many crimes reported to your force were screened out in calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017?

2. How many total crimes were reported to the force in the same period?

3. Can you also provide a breakdown of the information with regards to type of crime (burglary, assault, sexual assault, etc). Can I have that data broken down by calendar years?

Answer

In respect of ‘No criming’ of any incident reported by a victim and recorded as a crime, there are strict rules under the Home Office Counting Rules which stipulates when an incident can be classified as no crime.

There are five ways in which an offence can be deleted as a crime from the system.  The most common explanation is that “additional verifiable information” which was not available at the time of the original classification shows that the matter did not occur as reported; it must be ‘proven beyond any doubt that the offence did not occur.’  Others are: 

  • Where the offence was committed outside of the jurisdiction of the police force in which it was recorded.  The relevant force will therefore record and investigate the crime.
  • Where the crime constitutes part of a crime already recorded; i.e. it has been recorded more than once.
  • Where the crime was recorded as a crime in error

Any decision to no crime an incident is subject of scrutiny by internal audits and HMIC Inspections.

Please find the information in the tables below. 

Count of Crimes by Offence Group

2014

2015

2016

2017

Sum:

Arson

651

677

679

781

2,788

Burglary

10,799

11,227

12,009

11,774

45,809

Criminal Damage

13,880

13,980

15,301

15,752

58,913

Drug Offences

4,567

3,649

3,660

3,310

15,186

Fraud Forgery

123

463

292

264

1,142

Other Offences

1,258

1,876

2,915

3,584

9,633

Robbery

872

973

1164

1,341

4,350

Sexual Offences

2,409

3,128

3,894

4,636

14,067

Theft And Handling Stolen Goods

39,300

39,801

42,709

43,839

165,649

Violence Against The Person

24,728

34,779

53,971

57,545

171,023

Sum:

98,587

110,553

136,594

142,826

488,560

 

Outcomes   14-21

2014

2015

2016

2017

Sum:

Arson

568

589

580

699

8,062

Burglary

9,517

10,372

10,867

10,800

2,436

Crime Related Incident

 

1

4

19

41,556

Criminal Damage

11,277

11,735

13,019

13,753

24

Drug Offences

149

503

286

243

49,784

Fraud Forgery

40

361

233

204

1,181

Non Recordable

 

244

216

45

838

Other Offences

370

1,098

1,826

2,373

505

Robbery

693

775

943

1,104

5,667

Sexual Offences

1,429

2,360

2,530

3,218

3,515

Theft And Handling Stolen Goods

29,467

32,308

35,486

38,054

9,537

Violence Against The Person

14,086

24,488

42,008

45,423

135,315

 

 

6

17

55

126,005

Sum:

67,596

84,840

108,015

115,990

78

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outcomes   14-21

2014

2015

2016

2017

Sum:

OC14 - No Sus / Victim Decline

2,092

4,000

6,272

7,547

19,911

OC15 - Sus/Insuff. Evidence

6,017

7,390

14,172

14,078

41,657

OC16 - Sus/Victim Declines

6,605

12,565

24,194

25,749

69,113

OC17 - Time Limit Expired

38

83

147

215

483

OC18 - No Sus / No Line Enq / Filed

52,844

60,558

61,187

65,250

239,839

OC20 - Transferred Oth Agency

 

143

444

565

1,152

OC21 - Investig. not in Public Int. (Police)

 

101

1,599

2,586

4,286

Sum:

67,596

84,840

108,015

115,990

376,441

FOI reference: 408/18.

Date of request: 23.03.18.