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Crime: Statistics

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what figures (a) her Department and (b) police services collate on (i) youth and gang-related nuisance, (ii) vandalism and damage to property, (iii) drug nuisance and drug dealing, (iv) prostitution and kerb-crawling, (v) dog and animal nuisance and (vi) harassment and intimidation; and what the lowest administrative unit is at which such figures are collated. (219063)

The Home Office (HO), National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and police forces collect data on the following areas respectively:

(i) youth and gang-related nuisance

a. The number of incidents of antisocial behaviour (ASB), as defined by the National Standard for Incident Recording (NSIR) (NPIA and forces).

b. The number of incidents of ASB which are ‘youth-related’ as defined by NSIR (NPIA and forces).

c. No information is collated centrally on ‘gang’-related incidents. This may be collected by forces on a local level but the HO and NPIA do not collate this information.

(ii) vandalism and damage to property

d. Number of offences of criminal damage recorded by the police (HO and forces).

e. Additionally, the British crime survey includes estimates of criminal damage to property or vehicles belonging to private households.

(iii) drug nuisance and dealing

f. The number of (non-notifable crime) incidents where ‘drugs’ represent a characteristic or motivating factor behind the incident (NPIA and forces). Note that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London Police do not collate this information.

g. The number of drugs offences recorded by the police (HO and forces).

(iv) prostitution and kerb-crawling

h. Number of offences of ‘soliciting for the purpose of prostitution’ (commonly known as ‘kerb crawling’ recorded by the police) (HO and forces).

Number of incidents of ‘prostitution-related activity’ as defined by NSIR (NPIA and forces).

(v) dog and animal nuisance

i. The number of ASB ‘animal problems’ as defined by NSIR (this includes dogs) (NPIA and forces).

(vi) harassment and intimidation

j. Number of crimes of ‘harassment’ recorded by the police (HO and forces).

(vii) litter, rubbish and fly-tipping

k. The number of incidents of ASB ‘environmental damage/littering’ as defined by NSIR.

l. The number of crimes of ‘fly-tipping’ recorded by the police (HO and forces).

Forces and the NPIA collate incident data at force and basic command unit (BCU) level. Many forces collate this information at a lower level (CDRP/ward) but this will vary from force to force.

The HO collates notifiable crime at BCU, local authority and crime and disorder reduction partnership levels. Forces may collate these data at a ward level.

Full monthly crime and incident data at these reporting levels can be found on the Iquanta system at:

https://iquanta.net/

Crime statistics and the British crime survey results can be found at:

http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/statistics/statistics074.htm

The MPS and City of London Police do not collate information on drugs-related incidents.