(LONDON) ONS DATA REPORT: Statistics Between July 2020 – End of June 2021: Knife Crime & Burglaries DOWN Stalking & Harassment UP by staggering 99% in this year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.06: The reductions are revealed in the latest Office for National Statistics data on crime in England and Wales between July 2020 to the end of June 2021. The West Midlands has seen a 16% drop in burglaries, robberies reduce by 1% and knife crime by 4.1%……

#AceDailyNews ONS England & Wales Report: That knife crime & burglaries down, but steep rise in stalking and harassment, new figures show with statistics released Thursday show knife crime and burglaries continue to fall in the West Midlands and robberies and car crime remain low.

Details of the new figures released today

As per the previous statistics released in July, there have also been increases in some offences. Stalking and harassment has seen a steep rise in reports over the last year of 99%.

4th November 2021

We continue to welcome all reports of this nature and has taken many additional measures to encourage such reports in the last 12 months despite the pandemic.

We continue to invest in key initiatives to help victims of stalking and harassment report crime and we are working to better equip officers to deal with these reports. We know that these types of offences can impact on how safe people feel, and we are working to improve officers’ knowledge so they are able to earlier identify patterns of this type of behaviour.

Protecting and supporting the people within our communities will always remain at the heart of what we do.

Domestic abuse has also risen by 41% as well as the number of rapes rising by 49%. While hate crime has also increased by 43% fuelled by online offending.

We remain committed to taking action to a rise in crime reports we receive; with safeguarding vulnerable people and catching perpetrators of domestic abuse a key focus for the force. Training has also been refreshed to address safety in the home for children who are victims of abuse.

Training is also given to identify cases for referral or escalation for wider families of domestic abuse cases.

Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine said: “We recognise that our biggest crime types are stalking and harassment, domestic abuse and rape and we are doing lots to tackle them: We know the last year or so has been tough on relationships and that people have been suffering domestic abuse in both physical and psychological forms: But we need people to know there is no need to suffer alone and the force, along with the many charities and refuges across the West Midlands, are ready, willing and able to help.”

If you do not feel comfortable contacting police there are many other agencies who can offer support and advice. Visit No Excuse for Abuse for more information https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/no-excuse-for-abuse/

In recent months a new scheme has also been developed by the Home Office. “Ask for ANI” (Action Needed Immediately) enables victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from the police or other support services, from the safety of their local pharmacy. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pharmacies-launch-codeword-scheme-to…

We urge anyone who is not feeling safe in their own home to seek help

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.06: 2021:

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