Police stations and supermarkets among top 10 places sexual crimes most likely to occur


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Statistics have revealed the top 10 locations that sexual and violent crimes occurred in England and Wales between July and September 2021 – with police stations and nearby areas falling in the top 10

An analysis of police crime statistics show that attacks on or near police stations are among the top 10 most common
An analysis of police crime statistics show that attacks near police stations are among the top 10 most common

New statistics have revealed that police stations and nearby areas are among the top 10 places where sexual and violent crimes occur.

Over the last quarter of the year from July to September 2021, there have been 62,501 violent and sexual offences reported in England Wales.

Analysts at WalkSafe, an app which informs people of crime hot-spots and issues alerts if users don’t arrive home on-time, have broken down the statistics.

In July there were 21,115 street attacks reported, with 20,596 in August.

Incidents rose again in September, with 20,790 recorded, with attacks on streets around higher education colleges and universities as terms also going up.



The WalkSafe app found that 62,501 violent and sexual offences were reported in England Wales between July and September 2021
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It was found that parking areas accounted for 21% of all attacks, while police stations and the nearby areas also being in the top 10.

Sports and recreation areas and supermarkets both accounted for 14% of attacks.

The percentage of attacks in on or nearby parks and police remained the same at 4%, with nightclubs and petrol stations being ranked in the middle at 7%.

Greater Manchester does not report its crime statistics, so it is not included in any of the breakdowns.

See the full breakdown of the the top 10 places for sexual and violent crimes here:

Street locations:

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

Total attacks:

% of attacks:

On or near parking
area

4406

4304

4185

12895

21%

On or near sports/recreation area

3072

2604

3020

8696

14%

On or near supermarket

2850

2727

2904

8481

14%

On or near shopping area

1840

1979

1762

5581

9%

On or near petrol station

1628

1469

1401

4498

7%

On or near nightclub

1165

1695

1553

4413

7%

On or near pedestrian subway

1294

1266

1197

3757

6%

On or near hospital

1175

1100

1126

3401

5%

On or near park/open space

892

841

835

2568

4%

On or near police station

832

708

738

2278

4%



The Metropolitan Police received the most amount of reports in England and Wales
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The statistics also break down the police forces which received the highest amount of sexual and violent crimes reported in the last quarter.

The Metropolitan Police service ranked the highest with 29% of all reports.

Essex, Thames Valley and Kent Police all made up 10% of all attacks each, with Hampshire Constabulary constituting 5%.









Here are the top 5 police forces that have received reports of sexual and violent crimes:

Police Force:

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

Total

% of all attacks

% of top 10

Population served by millions:

Metropolitan Police Service

3099

2821

3017

8937

14%

29%

8.9

Essex Police

1133

993

1011

3137

5%

10%

1.8

Thames Valley Police

1024

994

1043

3061

5%

10%

2.42

Kent Police

1049

991

934

2974

5%

10%

1.8

Hampshire Constabulary

921

973

993

2887

5%

9%

1.99

In terms of neighbourhoods, WalkSafe has also broken down the statistics to show the most dangerous areas for public sexual and violent offences in the past month, which are based on Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs).

The highest is Liverpool LSOA 060C, which is the Central ward of the city.

Leeds 111B ranked second, which covers the Leeds city and Hunslet areas.



For London, the area of Westminster 018A is ranked the highest
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For London, the area of Westminster 018A, which is the area nearby the Houses of Parliament, is ranked the highest for the city.

It also ranked tenth in England Wales.

A full breakdown can be seen here:

Top 10 LSOA’s and Police Force they are in for violent and sexual offences.

Total Reports

Liverpool 060C – Merseyside Police

94

Leeds 111B – West Yorkshire Police

82

Brighton and Hove 027A – Sussex Police

67

Doncaster 022E – South Yorkshire Police

65

Derby 013F – Derbyshire Constabulary

59

Reading 011F – Thames Valley Police

52

Cardiff 032F – South Wales Police

50

Guildford 015A – Surrey Police

46

Basildon 015C – Essex Police

46

Westminster 018A – Metropolitan Police Service

45

Emma Kay, the creator of the WalkSafe app said: “This is the first time we can analyse the number of attacks actually on the streets and it’s horrific that in the latest quarter over 62,000 reported sexual and violent attacks and it must stop.

“Going to and from your car is the most dangerous, followed by doing the supermarket shop or getting exercise and even near police stations ranked as the tenth most dangerous streets, accounting for four percent of the attacks.

“We’re also seeing a rise in attacks around universities and colleges in September because of the new Autumn term.”

She added: “WalkSafe has been at the forefront of calling for an end to this epidemic of violence against women and victim blaming, which is why we have created this unique analysis of street sex and violent attacks and will continue to bring out these reports so those in power are held to account and make our streets safe for everyone.”

For anyone interested in the app, you can find further details here.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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