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Disability Hate Crimes 2014/15

Question

Mate crimes have been construed as a form of hate crime and, for the purpose of this study, a mate crime can be defined as: any criminal offence which exploits apparent mutual friendship or familiarity and which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability

Research suggests that mate crimes can take many forms including homicide and sexual offences as well as more common offences of harassment and acquisitive crime. There is currently no obligation for mate crimes to be recorded as a specific crime category, and hence there is a likelihood that mate crimes may not be comprehensively categorised. This piece of research is seeking, amongst other things, to establish the extent of mate crime offending.

The first four sets of questions seek anonymous aggregated general data on a number of ways in which police may catalogue contacts with disabled people including recorded incidents, crimes, safeguarding records, and hate crimes. This is then accompanied by a final more detailed, but still anonymous data request which asks for a breakdown of the disability hate crimes for the year in question in terms of a list of the specific offences which have been recorded. It also asks in how many of the cases were the parties known to each other.

1.1. How many incidents in total did your service record for the year 2014-15?

1.2. In respect of all police recorded incidents, does your organisation routinely record whether the parties involved are disabled people?                       

2.1. How many crimes in total did your service record for the year 2014-15?

2.2. In respect of victims of all recorded crimes, does your organisation routinely record whether the parties involved are disabled people?    

2.3. Please specify the total no. of all recorded police crimes where victims were recorded as disabled people (if known, see above)           

2.4. Does your organisation identify and specifically record mate crimes?

2.5. Please specify the total no. of mate crimes recorded in 2014-15, if known

3.1. How many safeguarding adult incident records did your organisation create in 2014-15?

3.2. How many of them involved disabled people?

3.3. Of these, how many were people with learning disabilities?

3.4. How many involved people with mental health conditions?

3.5. How many of the total were recorded as crimes?

3.6. How many were recorded as disability hate crimes?

4.1. What was the total of all hate incidents recorded by your force in 2014-15?

4.2. Please specify the total no. of all hate crimes

4.3. Please specify the total no. of disability hate incidents

4.4. Please specify the total no. of disability hate crimes

5. Of the disability hate crimes identified at 4.4 (above), please specify the classification (with ref to HO Counting rules and NCRS) of each crime and its frequency.

 

Answer

We do not routinely centrally record if a victim is disabled unless the crime itself is to be tagged as a ‘hate crime’ motivated by the disability of the victim.

To best answer the remainder of your questions I have provided data for crimes that have been flagged/tagged as hate motivation ’disability’ and “safeguarding adult”. We do not recognise the term ‘Mate crime’.

There is no flag to identify learning difficulties.

There are some flags that would indicate mental health - Of the occurrences that have a safeguarding adult tag and a disability hate flag there are only 3 that have a flag for mental health. 

 

Crime Count

Incident count

Total

Total Hate Crime

1,986

473

2,459

Hate Crime - Disability

112

38

150

Safeguarding Adult

1,988

1,822

3,810

Safeguarding Adult - Disability

29

6

35

Please see the total crime and incident count for the constabulary for the financial year 2014/15. 

Current Crime type

Count of occurrences

Crime

98,352

Non - recordable

31,572

With regards to your last question the table below shows all occurrences crime and incidents (Non-Recordable).

Current Crime Type

Current Offence Group

Count of   Occurrences

Current Hate Crime Type (Multiple Rows)

Crime

Arson

1

Disability

Crime

Criminal Damage

16

Disability

Crime

Robbery

2

Disability

Crime

Sexual Offences

1

Disability

Crime

Theft And Handling Stolen Goods

5

Disability

Crime

Violence Against The Person

87

Disability

Non-Recordable

Crime Related Incident

25

Disability

Non-Recordable

Non Recordable

13

Disability

 

Sum:

150

 

FOI reference: 566/16.

Date of request: 11.04.16.