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The homicide rate (ten per million population, excluding the 96 cases) remains lower than the rate recorded a decade ago (14 per million population, in the year ending March 2006) and five years ago (12 per million population, in the year ending March 2011).
The police recorded 4.6 million offences in the year ending June 2016, an annual rise of 7pc. However, this series is not the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says a reliable measure of trends in crime with a large proportion of the rise considered to be due to what the statisticians term ‘continued improvements in crime-recording practices and processes’.
The Metropolitan Police recorded reductions in crime categories of robbery and burglary. The Met did see an increase of 11 homicides in the force area over the 12 months to June 2016 – from 99 to 110. The actual incidence of homicides in London is considerably lower compared to other major cities across the globe, the Met adds. The figures for the rolling 12 months from June 2015 to June 2016 show the Met’s decreases in robbery (2.3pc decrease); residential burglary (5.6pc decrease); non-residential burglary (2.7pc decrease); bicycle theft (7.1pc decrease); and all other theft (2.3pc decrease).
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, Territorial Policing, said: “I am extremely proud of the very significant reductions we have achieved in certain crime types – namely robbery and burglary – and am determined we work to maintain these downward trends and improve on them. Where we have seen rises in offences, we will continue to focus on targeting offenders, supporting victims and working closely with our communities.
“Dealing with crime is of course only one facet of what we do as a police force – with much of our efforts focused on safeguarding the vulnerable, counter terrorism investigations and facilitating the hundreds of events that take place in our capital every year.”
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), which is the ONS says the best guide to trends for the population and offences it covers, estimated there were 6.4 million incidents of crime based on interviews in the survey year ending June 2016. For more visit the ONS website.