Category Archives: Statistics

Police refuse to release list of murder victims

Blog Category: Statistics

The Metropolitan Police is now refusing to release full lists of murder victims under the Freedom of Information Act – making it more difficult to check their figures. Previously requests along these lines have been successful, such as the data featured in … Continue reading

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Is the murder rate rising again?

Blog Category: Statistics

An article in The Times newspaper last week  (Three deaths in a weekend sends murder rate soaring) highlighted the increase in London homicides so far this year. In January and February 2015 we counted 26 homicides compared to 12 across January … Continue reading

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Half-Year Review 2013

Blog Category: Statistics

Looking back at the first six months of the year we have counted at least 44 homicides in London.* This means that we are on track for even fewer cases than last year’s total of 99 (which was in itself … Continue reading

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The Fall in Violent Crime and Murder

Blog Category: Criminology, London, Statistics

The release of the ‘UK Peace Index‘ (pdf link) has again highlighted the decline in violent crime (including murder) since 2003. “This is the fastest decline in violence of any country in Europe,” the report concludes. It notes that the … Continue reading

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How safe is London?

Blog Category: Criminology, London, Statistics

We were recently sent an email by a worried student asking about the likelihood of being murdered in London. This is perhaps not surprising given the prominence given to reports of teenagers being stabbed to death or shot. As we’ve … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence

Blog Category: Statistics

Domestic violence is said to account for 40 per cent of all female homicide victims in England and Wales. The other frequently reported statistic is that two women are killed by a male partner or ex-partner every week (from the … Continue reading

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Homicide in England and Wales 1898 to 2012

Blog Category: Statistics

The latest crime figures for England and Wales confirm the drop in the murder rate is continuing. In the financial year 2011/12 there were 550 homicides initially recorded by police, compared to 638 in 2010/11. (Homicide being murder, manslaughter and … Continue reading

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Half Year Review

Blog Category: Statistics

Half-way through 2012 the total number of homicides – according to our own figures – stands at 42. This is well down on the total of for the same period last year and suggests that we might be heading for … Continue reading

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Sanction Detection Rates

Blog Category: Statistics, The Justice System

The ‘murder rate’ is one way of measuring the effectiveness of the justice system. Another is the percentage of homicides that are ‘cleared up’ – otherwise known as the Sanction Detection Rate. This means cases where a suspect has been … Continue reading

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Playing Politics with Murder

Blog Category: Statistics

The London ‘murder rate’ has become something of a political football as the Mayoral election draws near. Last year the Evening Standard reported that the number of murders in the capital had fallen to a level not seen since 1978. … Continue reading

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