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Reports of Hate Crime in 2015/16

Question

I am submitting a Freedom of Information request relating to disclosure of details on hate crimes recorded by police in Avon and Somerset during the period April 2015 to March 2016, inclusive, as follows:

Q1: The total number of race hate crimes recorded by police for the census period stated.

Q2: In relation to Q1 - please provide a breakdown by calendar month.

Q3: Further to Question 1, of the total number of race hate crimes recorded, please provide details of the number of race hate crimes where the victim's identity was recorded as Asian Pakistani or Asian Bangladeshi, and those where ethnic identity was not specified or not recorded. Please also include in the response a breakdown by sex; male / female.

Q4: The total number of religious hate crimes recorded by police for the census period stated.

Q5: In relation to Q4 - please provide a breakdown by calendar month.

Q6: Further to Question 4, of the total number of religious hate crimes recorded, please provide details of the number of religious hate crimes where the victim's religious identity was recorded as Muslim or perceived Muslim, and those where religious identity was not specified or not recorded. Please also include in the response a breakdown by sex; male / female.

Answer

Over the past two years, we have seen an increased level of reports of hate crime. As more victims feel confident about coming forward to report incidents, we expect these levels in Avon and Somerset to continue to increase. For us, that’s a tangible demonstration of their belief in us to tackle crime and bring offenders to justice.

The investigation around this type of crime is victim orientated. It is essential that when victims contact us that they can be confident that the investigation will take in to account what they want to happen and the outcome they are seeking.  We will support victims unequivocally from the point they report a crime and throughout the entire length of the investigation.

There is never an excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.

We promise to continue to work together with our partner agencies every day to make the communities of Avon and Somerset be safe and feel safe. More than ever we want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in the belief that we’ll take their reports seriously and make sure they get all the support they need.

Q1-2. Between April 2015 and March 2016 we recorded a total of 1,514 racially motivated crimes. Please see the breakdown per calendar month below:

Occurrence Created Month/Year

Crime Count

Apr 2015

128

May 2015

135

Jun 2015

155

Jul 2015

124

Aug 2015

134

Sep 2015

118

Oct 2015

113

Nov 2015

102

Dec 2015

119

Jan 2016

111

Feb 2016

127

Mar 2016

148

Total

1,514

Q3. Please see the table below for the number of racially motivated crimes where the victim’s ethnicity was recorded as Asian, and where the Victim’s ethnicity was not known, broken down by gender and calendar month.

Victim's Ethnicity:  

Asian

Victim's Ethnicity:  

Not Known

Occurrence Created Month/Year

Female

Male

Not recorded

All

Female

Male

All

Apr-15

2

10

 

12

2

5

7

May-15

2

8

 

10

1

6

7

Jun-15

3

17

 

20

2

2

4

Jul-15

3

8

 

11

1

4

5

Aug-15

2

10

 

12

 

1

1

Sep-15

2

6

1

9

 

2

2

Oct-15

3

5

 

8

1

 

1

Nov-15

2

2

 

4

 

1

1

Dec-15

 

9

 

9

1

1

2

Jan-16

5

9

 

14

1

3

4

Feb-16

1

6

 

7

1

4

5

Mar-16

2

8

 

10

2

2

4

Total

27

98

1

126

12

31

43

Q4-5. Between April 2015 and March 2016 we recorded a total of 150 religiously motivated crimes. Please see breakdown per calendar month in the table below:

Occurrence Created Month/Year

Crime Count

Apr 2015

15

May 2015

8

Jun 2015

10

Jul 2015

17

Aug 2015

9

Sep 2015

9

Oct 2015

11

Nov 2015

15

Dec 2015

16

Jan 2016

12

Feb 2016

15

Mar 2016

13

Total

150

Q6. The victim’s religious identity is not specifically recorded with victim details. We may be able to identify the religion or faith targeted, however this is unlikely to be accurate as it is not always recorded. Also this may not necessarily indicate the victim’s religious identity, just the religion or faith that was targeted.

FOI reference: 978/16.

Date of request: 28.07.16