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Reported crime in Bath since Closure of Manvers St

Question

Q1. Have the number of crimes reported in Bath risen since the Manvers Street police station closed?

a) How many crimes in Bath have been reported since the station closed?

b) How many crimes in Bath were reported during the exact same time period before the station closed? (Ie, if you have four months’ worth of data since the station closed, data for the four months prior to the station closing.)

Q2. Have the crime rate in Bath risen since the Manvers Street police station closed?

a) What’s the crime rate been in Bath, per head of population, since the station closed?

b) What was the crime rate in Bath during the same period before the station closed?

Q3. [Has] the number of unsolved crimes risen since the Manvers Street police station closed?

a) How many of the crimes reported since the station closed have been solved?

b) How many of the crimes reported before the station closed (same time period) were solved?

 

Answer

The Manvers Street police station in Bath closed in December 2015. Please see the table below for the total reported crimes and the number of unsolved crimes per month in Bath City beats from August 2015 to April 2016.

 

Month/Year

Recorded Crime

Unsolved Crime

Aug-15

590

246

Sep-15

550

209

Oct-15

551

265

Nov-15

595

269

Dec-15

596

295

Jan-16

524

240

Feb-16

603

304

Mar-16

664

310

Apr-16

667

234

 

The number of ‘unsolved’ crimes has been provided using the number of crimes with no identified suspect, which have been filed pending further information.

 

Nationally as well as locally across Avon and Somerset there has been an increase in the number of crimes recorded, this is almost entirely due to a new recording system which has been put in place to accurately record every crime reported as per nationally agreed crime recording standards.

 

It would be very wrong to speculate that the closure of the police station in Manvers Street has led to an increase in reported crime. The police station has moved to the Lower Bristol Road in Bath where exactly the same number of police officers are patrolling the city and surrounding area as before. The new police station is actually sited within one of the Bath city beats included in the above data. The city centre beat itself has seen a reduction in crime from the 4 months before the closure (947 crimes) compared to the four months after the closure (905 crimes).

 

There has been a reduction in crimes concerning anti-social behaviour in Avon and Somerset above the national average. In terms of this particular area of crime – which concerns most people – there was a fall in the 12 months up to June 2015 of 16 per cent.  This is compared with only a three per cent fall nationally in this area of crime.

 

In relation to questions 3 and 4, the crime rate per population is not held by the constabulary.

FOI Ref: 680/16

Date of Request: 05.05.16