Violent Crime (Leicester)

Home Department written question – answered on 13th October 2004.

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Photo of Mr Parmjit Gill Mr Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of violent crime in Leicester was in each year since 1997.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Leicester is a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area. Recorded crime data at CDRP level has only been published from 1999–2000 onwards. Violent crime comprises violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery. In 2003–04, at least 52 per cent. of all recorded violence against the person involved no injury.

The available information is given in the table.

Violent crime recorded by the police in Leicester
Number of offences
1999–2000 6,851
2000–01 6,889
2001–02 7,544
2002–03 10,347
2003–04 11,430


Numbers of recorded crimes are affected by changes in reporting and recording practice. In particular, changes to the counting rules in 1998 and the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002 led to an increase in the number of crimes recorded by the police.

The British Crime Survey (BCS) also provides data on the level of violent crime in England and Wales. However, due to the variability of specific offence figures at police force area level regional figures only are available. Data at regional level have been published as a rate per 10,000 adults since the 2001–02 BCS and are presented for the relevant region in the table.

Total BCS violence rate per 10,000 adults for the East Midlands Region
2001–02 621
2002–03 578
2003–04 600


The apparent difference between rates in 2002–03 and in 2003–04 is not statistically significant.


2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04 BCS interviews.

Half of all violent incidents reported to the BCS during 2003–04 did not result in injury to the victim. However, this does not mean that public concern about violent crime is unjustified or that the ordeal of victims is not traumatic, even if injury has not occurred.

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